The first ever European Games has drawn to a close in Baku, Azerbaijan, with Team GB finishing third overall, behind a dominant Russia and hosts Azerbaijan.
With 6,000 athletes competing over 20 sports, Team GB secured 47 medals, 23 of which came from Britain’s swimmers with a World Junior Record from Luke Greenbank and six medals for Duncan Scott.
"I didn’t know what to do with myself when I saw the time. I am just so happy I won it" - Luke Greenbank, Junior World Record
In the 200m Backstroke final the 17-year-old stopped the clock at 1:56.89, a new Junior World Record, later commenting “It was brilliant, I didn’t know what to do with myself when I saw the time. I am just so happy I won it.”
Amelia Clynes was another double medal winner, following up her silver in the 100m Fly final to line-up alongside Greenbank, Charlie Attwood and Georgia Coates in the relay team.
Clynes, 15, said: “I thought I had come fifth, because I was in lane five and looked up and got it wrong. But I saw my teammates celebrating and saying ‘well done’ so I looked up again and realised I had come second. It was amazing.”
Joining Clynes on the podium was Laura Stephens, who shared bronze with Greece’s Ilektra Varvara Lebl as both clocked 1:00.54, a new personal best for the Team GB athlete.
"I knew if we took it out fast enough we could see the Russians off” - Duncan Scott
The Brits continued their success on the final day finishing with a flurry in the pool including a 200m Freestyle one-two for Duncan Scott and Cameron Kurle.
“I’m really proud to get a gold, I knew Cameron would be the biggest threat and I knew if we took it out fast enough we could see the Russians off,” he said. “It was my first time under 1:49 so that’s a massive barrier for me and two individual medals for Britain is great.”
Charlie Attwood picked up bronze in the 100m Breaststroke with a PB 1:01.71, while Abbie Wood was the day’s other individual winner claiming her fourth medal with bronze in her 200m IM final.
There was more relay success for the Brits as the women’s 4x200m Freestyle team took bronze (Hannah Featherstone, Darcy Deakin, Holly Hibbott and Georgia Coates) and the men’s 4x100m Medley quartet won silver (Scott, Attwood, Greenbank and Martyn Walton).