Great Britain achieve record medal haul at European Championships

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Great Britain rounded off a superb European Championships with a gold rush on the final day of competition helping them to their highest ever medal haul.

In a two hour period on a Sunday afternoon, victories for Greg Rutherford, Mo Farah and three of the four relay teams ensured Team GB topped the medal table for only the third time in the competition's history.

Another Farah gold

The first of the day was won by Farah as he added the 5000 metre title to the 10,000m crown he won earlier in the week.

The 31-year-old, who was perhaps the biggest favourite to win on the last day, produced a stunning 52.23 seconds final lap to blow away the field, and claim his fifth European Championship gold medal.

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford also won gold, his leap of 8.29m enough to win the long jump.

It's the third major championship gold for the 27-year-old, following up from the Olympic title in London two years ago and last month's Commonwealth Games crown.

Relay rewards reaped

The final events of the near-week of action were the four relay races. Many had expected GB to challenge for the medals, few, though, would have expected what was to follow.

First up was the women's 4X400m, where the anchor leg runner Margaret Adeoye almost ran down those in front of her to snatch gold, before having to settle for the bronze.

In the men's event, the quartet of Conrad Williams, Matt Hudson-Smith, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney won gold with the fastest time by a British team for 16 years.

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The squad, anchored by individual champion Rooney, stormed home in a time of two minutes 58.79 seconds.

The 4X100m men also won gold, the first time a British team had got the baton round in six major championships.

200m champion Adam Gemili ran the final leg, holding off the German and French quartets to win in a time of 37.93 seconds.

Wonder women

Perhaps the most impressive performance of the day, though, came in the women's sprint relay. 

The team, with an average age of just 21, powered to victory and smashing a national record which had stood for 34 years.

Desiree Henry ran the final leg, the 18-year-old helping GB win their sixth of seven sprint medals of the Championships.

O'Hare's bronze

There was one other medal won by Team GB on day six, with Chris O'Hare claiming the bronze in a messy 1500m.

O'Hare, 23, avoided early trouble in which fellow Brit Charlie Grice was tripped, to take third in a race won by the controversial French athlete Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbab - disqualified after winning gold in the 3000m earlier in the week for taking his shirt off in the home straight.

All of the medals on the final day helped amass GB's total to 23 medals, four more than ever before, with a record 12 of those, gold.

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