The final day of the European Athletics Championships was a good one for Team GB. The Championships, which have been held in Amsterdam, has shown good quality in the run up to the Olympics. This was proven on the final day, as GB won gold in both the Men’s 4×100 and Women’s 4×400 relay events.
First up was the Men’s 4×100 relay. The GB team came into the event as the current Champions, having taken gold in 2014 in Zurich. However, Adam Gemini was the only man to still be in the team from two years ago. He ran the second leg, taking the baton from James Dasaolu down the back straight. James Ellington and Chijindu Ujah brought it home for GB, winning the race in a time of 38.17.
Then came the Women’s 4×400. Having finished third in 2014, the GB women wanted to go one, if not two better in Amsterdam this time round. Eilidh Doyle (maiden name Child in 2014) and Emily Diamond were two of the six-strong team in Zurich. They were in the final four in Amsterdam, along with Anyika Onuora and Seren Bundy-Davies. Two gold medals in the space of an hour for Great Britain.
There were medals in the other two relay events. Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Daryll Neita brought home silver for Great Britain in the Women’s 4×100, finishing behind the Netherlands. In the Men’s 4×400, a bronze medal was won by Rabah Yousif, Delano Williams, Jack Green and Matthew Hudson-Smith.
In total, Team GB won five gold medals in Amsterdam. Martyn Rooney defended his title in the 400m, an event he also won bronze in six years ago. Greg Rutherford also maintained his title, winning the long jump for a second time at the European Championships. He maintains his crown of all four – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles. Finally, Dina Asher-Smith won gold in the 200m, before being part of the 4×100 team to finish 2nd.