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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 August 2006, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Britain celebrate final day haul
Terri Dunning, Mel Marshall and Kirsty Balfour cheer home Fran Halsall
Dunning, Marshall and Balfour cheer team-mate Halsall home for gold
Great Britain clinched five more medals on the final day of the European Championships in Hungary.

The women's 4x100m medley relay team of Mel Marshall, Kirsty Balfour, Terri Dunning and Fran Halsall clinched gold.

The men's team of Liam Tancock, James Gibson, Todd Cooper and Simon Burnett captured bronze in their final.

Jo Jackson and Caitlin McClatchey took silver and bronze in the 400m freestyle and Kate Haywood won silver in the women's 50m breaststroke.

Haywood just missed out on gold, finishing 0.002 behind Russia's Elena Bogomazova.

Meanwhile, France's Laure Manadou set a new world record of four minutes 2.13 seconds to win the 400m freestyle and her fourth gold overall.

The 19-year-old's golden quartet equalled the championships record of four gold medals won by German Otto Gewininger in 1981 and Hungary's Krisztina Egerszegi 13 years ago.

Germany's Britta Steffen also clinched her fourth gold by winning the women's 50m freestyle in 24.72 seconds from Sweden's Therese Alshammar.

That finish was awful - I pretty much gave it away

Kate Haywood on her silver

The rush of medals on the final day ensured that it was Britain's most successful European Championships in terms of number of medals won - 13.

Although both France and Italy won more, Team GB claimed the championship trophy, presented to the squad with the greatest number of points.

Women's relay anchor Halsall was particularly delighted at claiming gold for the medley team, holding off world record-holder Steffen on the final leg.

"I saw her coming up on me and I thought I can't let anyone past me," said the 16-year-old.

"It was so hard over the last 50m but I managed to hold on and I'm thrilled to get the gold."

In contrast, Haywood was disappointed with her silver in the 50m breaststroke.

"That finish was awful - I pretty much gave it away," she said.

"My starts are always a bit ropey, but I managed to get it right in the heats and semis, it just went wrong today."



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