BERLIN: The European Championships came to an end with three gold medals on the final day confirming Great Britain’s place at the head of the medal table in Berlin.
Fran Halsall opened the session with 50m freestyle gold, Jazmin Carlin added the 400m freestyle title to her 800m gold before Ben Proud anchored the British men medley relay quartet to victory.
It meant Great Britain topped the table with 24 medals, including nine golds, ahead of Denmark – six golds among their total of nine – with Hungary in third with 14 of which five were gold.
There were two world records and five European records including one in the penultimate event of the competition as Denmark’s women’s 4x100m medley relay squad won out over Sweden in 3min 55.62sec.
Adam Peaty was prominent for Britain, a far cry from the little boy who refused to go near water and who readily confesses to having both a fear and loathing of the pool when he was a young child.
Both Peaty and Florent Manaudou of France finished with four gold medals although the Briton set a world record in the 50m breaststroke and was part of the Great Britain mixed medley relay squad that set a new world mark.
Sarah Sjostrom was the most successful woman, the Swede claiming three gold medals and four silvers just a week after her 21st birthday.
Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu won six medals – three gold, a silver and two bronzes – as did Spain’s Mireia Belmonte – two golds, two silvers and a bronze in the pool along with 5km open water bronze.
Great Britain’s Fran Halsall won five, three golds and two bronzes.