Sunday, August 29, 1999 Published at 20:24 GMT 21:24 UK
Brits sprint to relay silver
In with a shout: Dwain Chambers takes the baton ahead of Maurice Greene
The result means the British team leave Seville with seven medals - their best tally since 1993.
But the team of Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Dwain Chambers shattered the European record with a time of 37.73 seconds as they pushed the Americans all the way.
Chambers looked to have a slight advantage going into the straight - but Greene proved just why he is 100m and 200m champion as he surged ahead over the final 20m.
The US triumphed in 37.59secs with Nigeria third in 37.91 secs.
But the smooth changeovers helped ensure that the record set by Colin Jackson, Tony Jarrett, John Regis and Linford Christie in Stuttgart six years ago was finally broken.
"What you saw out there is only the beginning," said Campbell. "We honestly thought we could win. Now we'll be a lot hungrier for next year.
"We could have done with giving Dwain a little bit more of a lead than we did. But we did string it together well and to break the European record was marvellous."
Bahamas make their mark
Britain's women could not repeat the men's heroics as they finished eighth and last in the sprint relay, which provided a moment of glory for the Bahamas.
France took silver (42.06) from Jamaica (42.15) as the United States - missing the injured Marion Jones - could only finish fourth in 42.30m.
The defeat meant Gail Devers was unable to extend her record for the most golds won in the championships which she took to five with victory in the 100m hurdles on Saturday.
Record haul for Johnson
The curtain came down on Seville as Michael Johnson won a record ninth gold medal in the final event of the championships, the 4x400m relay.
With the rest of the field destroyed, Poland trailed home for silver, with Jamaica third.
But in the women's 4x400m, the US were upset by Russia.
Natalya Nazarova won a close battle with former world 400m champion Jearl Miles-Clark in the final leg, crossing the line in a year's best 3:21.98.
The Americans, who had won gold at the last two world championships, were second with Germany taking the bronze.
Now for Sydney...
The seven-mdeal haul left British officials with much to be happy about.
Team director Max Jones said: "My prediction was we'd win seven medals. I am far more optimistic now about the Olympics in Sydney next year than I was before we came here.
"I have seen what the rest of the world can do now and I think we can go to Sydney with 15 or 16 medal prospects, which is what we will need if we are going to come back with seven or eight medals.
"Colin Jackson's gold was what we desperately needed as a nation. It shows that we can win and is a credit to the most professional athlete in Britain."
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