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Last Updated: Monday, 14 August 2006, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
Relay men lead British medal rush
Marlon Devonish, Mark Lewis-Francis and Dwain Chambers celebrate their relay gold
The men's relay team celebrate their gold without Campbell
Britain's 4x100m men ended the team's wait for gold on the final day of the European Championships in Gothenburg.

The quartet of Dwain Chambers, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis won in 38.91 seconds.

Britain's female sprint team captured a surprise silver and the 4x400m men rounded off the day with a second.

Mo Farah claimed a superb 5,000m silver and Sam Ellis battled his way to 800m bronze to see Great Britain leave Sweden with a total of 11 medals.

Britain's male sprinters recovered from a bad first changeover between Chambers and Campbell as Devonish nosed Britain in front, leaving Lewis-Francis to power to the line.

"I was confident of our team performance and we triumphed to get gold," Chambers told BBC Sport.

Lewis-Francis added: "We're confident for next year now and we've bonded well. Slowly and surely we're coming back."

The victory celebrations were tarnished as Campbell refused to join in the lap of honour in protest, without fully explaining his reasons.

Chambers' positive drugs test for steroids meant Britain were stripped of the relay title four years ago.

I didn't think I would get a medal but with a bit of positive thinking, things can happen

Sam Ellis

Britain's women sprang a real surprise after only qualifying for the final as fastest losers.

But the quartet, with Ania replacing Laura Turner, coped well with the wet conditions and Maduaka lifted them from fourth to second as France, Germany and Belgium all failed to finish.

"We were so confident coming into the race, we knew we had something special," Maduaka told BBC Sport.

Freeman added: "It will give British female sprinting a lift as we have six or eight girls up there now so it's really pleasing."

Farah gave British long distance running a boost with a hard-fought silver, his first senior medal.

Mo Farah in action in the 5,000m
Farah won Britain's only silver medal on the track in the 5,000m

The 23-year-old stayed bunched in the leading pack but with 600m to go he pushed to the front only being eclipsed by Spain's Jesus Espana in the final metres.

"I wanted to win but it's a good result," Farah said. "I gave it all I could.

"I've worked hard and it is paying off, hopefully I can take British running back to the top."

Ellis only squeezed into the semi-finals as a fastest loser but ran a tactically astute race when it mattered to grab bronze.

"If the gap had opened up one metre earlier I would have got gold," Ellis told BBC Sport.

"In the back of my mind I didn't think I would get a medal but with a bit of positive thinking, things can happen."

The 4x400m men rounded off Britain's medal haul with a gutsy silver, thanks to a fine last leg from Tim Benjamin.

There was no way I was not going to get a medal

Tim Benjamin

Robert Tobin and 400m hurdle bronze medallist Rhys Williams put Britain in fourth.

But Graham Hedman pulled back some ground before Benjamin reeled in Poland in the dying stages to take silver in three minutes 01.63 seconds.

"I really battled to the line," said Benjamin. "There was no way I was not going to get a medal.

Williams said: "I found that really hard but I'm really pleased to get a second medal."

Britain's female 4x400m quartet of Lee McConnell, Emma Duck, Marilyn Okoro and Nicola Sanders agonisingly finished out of the medals in fourth place with a time of three minutes 28.17 seconds.

A slow first lap from McConnell meant Britain floundered in fifth place when the runners broke on lap two and, despite brave efforts from Okoro and Sanders, they could not claw back ground on Belarus and Poland.

"It was a poor first leg unfortunately," said McConnell.

Sanders added: "I did my best to chase them down but I didn't have enough strength. I'm pretty gutted."

Dan Robinson, who won Commonwealth bronze in March, was the first Briton home in the marathon in two hours 16 minutes and six seconds.

Huw Lobb finished 20th with Tomas Abyu 27th but there was bad news for Peter Riley, who pulled out at the halfway mark.

Helen Clitheroe struggled with the hot pace of the 1500m and finished back in 11th.

Britain's Goldie Sayers failed to reach the final stages of the javelin final and she finished last with a best effort of 54.70m



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