A total of five gold, one silver and three bronze left Britain fourth in the medals table in Kazan, Russia, exceeding their previous best tally of eight medals from 1975 and 2003.
Carlin seals record medal haul
Jazz Carlin won 800m Freestyle bronze to collect the first individual World medal of her career and GB’s ninth and final medal of the Kazan 2015 World Championships.
“Obviously I would have liked to finish higher and gone a bit quicker but I’m absolutely over the moon to come away with a bronze,” she said.
Historic Relay Gold
GB won their first ever World Championship men’s relay title on day six but were narrowly denied a fairytale ending in the 4x100m Medley on the final night.
Dan Wallace, Robbie Renwick, Calum Jarvis and James Guy sliced more than a second off the British record in the 4x200m Free final finishing on 7:04.33, ahead of swimming powerhouses USA (7:04.75) and Australia (7:05.34), and ending a run of five straight World titles for USA.
"The guys set it up nice and good and I knew if I was top three I had a chance of bringing it back but I never thought we’d get the gold,” said Guy.
“I was buzzing to be on the team with these guys" - James Guy
Guy was back again with Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty and Ben Proud setting a British record 3:30.67 in the 4x100m Medley final missing out on a 10th medal for GB by just 0.17 seconds.
“If you look how young this team is, I think it’s going to be really good over the next few years,” said Peaty, who has won three gold medals in Russia.
Guy added: “I was buzzing to be on the team with these guys and it was a great race. We finished fourth but next year we can do so much better and we’ve got so much still to gain.”
Head Coach's message
GB won only one medal at the 2013 World Champs in Barcelona and head coach Bill Furniss revealed the team's performance in Russia went "better than planned".
"If you relax for one second, you’re passed," - Bill Furniss
“I've got guys finishing fourth at a World Championships who are absolutely devastated and that's music to my ears. We're about trying to get to the podium."
Furniss's end of competition message to the swimmers was “to have a short rest but you’ve got to be on it. You’ve got to be totally focused and we’ve got to improve again. The rest of the world will and that’s performance sport – if you relax for one second, you’re passed.”