European Championships

Britain’s women added the 4×100 metre Medley Relay title to the individual gold medal won by Kirsty Balfour in the 200 metre breaststroke final. The Scot, who also took silver in the 100 metre, touched out three seconds clear of the opposition led by Ukrainian Yuliya Pidlisna.

Germany set the Budapest pool alight with several world record performances: Britta Steffen set a new best time of 53.30 seconds in the 100 metre freestyle, beating Australian Libby Lenton’s previous mark, having already contributed to her country’s 4×100 metre team’s record-breaking swim on the opening day. The 4×200 metre world best time was also lowered by the same German quartet. However, the individual star of the championships was French. Laure Manaudou who claimed no less than six gold medals including the 200 and 800 metre freestyle, 100 metre breaststroke and the 200 metre medley.