Perri Shakes-Drayton ran a lifetime best in the 400m as Great Britain ended day one of the European Team Championships in third place.

Shakes-Drayton, team captain for the meet in Gateshead, came home in 50.50secs to record the seventh fastest time ever run in the event Britain, while there were also strong performances from Mo Farah and Jessica Judd.

Farah completed a hat-trick of triumphs at the championships, having claimed victory in 2009 and 2011, as the Olympic champion in 5000m and 10,000m destroyed he field in the former discipline.

Judd, meanwhile, fresh from completing her A-levels secured a shock win in the 800m to announce herself as a star for the future in Moscow later this summer.

There was also victory in the 4x100m relay for the men's team, who led from the front to claim an impressive win in a discipline that so often brings failure for Team GB.

Olympic long-jump champion Greg Rutherford was also in action, but could only finish third after entering into the European Team Championships suffering from a back complaint.

Great Britain, then, will begin day two of the meet on 181 points and still in contention to secure overall victory, with Russia placed second on 194 and Germany narrowly ahead on 195.

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