Swimming: Golden night completes record haul for Britain

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The British team rounded off their best-ever European Championships in style here last night with one gold among five superb medals on a magnificent final night.

Britain's 4 x 100m women's medley relay team struck gold in a desperate finish, when the 16-year-old Southport student Francesca Halsall gave the swim of her life to hold off Germany's world record holder, Britta Steffen.

The gold capped a terrific finish to these championships. Jo Jackson and the Commonwealth champion, Caitlin McClatchey, won silver and bronze medals in the 400m freestyle behind a world record swim from France's golden girl Laure Manaudou, who won four individual gold and two bronze medals here.

Kate Haywood started the medal run with silver in the 50m breaststroke and, in the final event of the championships, the men's medley relay team won bronze thanks to the return to form of freestyle sprinter Simon Burnett. Overall, the British team won a record 13 medals in Budapest.