UK Athletics Olympics head coach Peter Eriksson hailed his first major championships in the job a “big success” after Great Britain brought home eight medals from the European Indoors in Gothenburg.
Eriksson saw his young team win six medals on the final day, including three golds, to finish the three-day event with a flourish.
Perri Shakes-Drayton was the standout performer at the Scandinavium Arena with double gold in the 400 metres and the 4x400m relay, while the men’s relay team also took the continental title, Eilidh Child and Nigel Levine won silver in the women’s and men’s 400m respectively and Sheffield’s Mukhtar Mohammed battled to a brave bronze in the 800m.
Those achievements added to Holly Bleasdale’s pole vault gold and James Dasaolu’s 60m silver to leave Eriksson happy with his team, which did not feature Olympic champion Jessica Ennis.
The Swede said: “This was a great eight medals. There were a lot of season’s and personal bests for the team. All the women made finals and it was only a few guys who didn’t reach their finals so this was a big success for us. We selected a whole team to be potential finalists and that is important for us moving forward to get the medal count up.”
The men’s 4x400m team were made to sweat before their gold was confirmed after they were briefly disqualified, having crossed the line streets ahead of the field.
The quartet of Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Levine and Richard Strachan were disqualified while on their lap of honour because Buck stepped off the track, but they were quickly reinstated as the York athlete was clearly impeded.