Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford starred as Great Britain ended a record-breaking European Championships with a flourish, topping the medal table after winning five golds on an incredible last day.
The British team will return home from Zurich with 23 medals following six wonderful days of athletics at the Stadion Letzigrund.
That haul surpasses the previous record of 19 from Barcelona four years ago, while the 12 golds blew away the previous best of nine set in Budapest in 1998. There were eight British medals in all on the final day, five of which were gold as the team finished top of the medal list for just the third time in the championships’ history.
The men’s 4x400 metres relay team got the ball rolling in the Swiss sun, before London 2012 stars Farah and Rutherford triumphed either side of the men’s 4x100m team.
Asha Phillip, Ashleigh Nelson, Jodie Williams and Desiree Henry added a fifth gold of a wonderful Sunday for the British team, romping to victory in the women’s sprint relay in 42.24 seconds - breaking the national record in the process.
Jo Pavey, a month shy of her 41st birthday, got these medal-laden championships under way by rolling back the years to win 10,000m gold on the opening night, which Farah followed up the following day by winning the men’s event.
The 31-year-old Briton completed the European double in the final session in Zurich, putting a wretched 2014 behind him by impressively adding the 5,000m.
“This means a lot to me, particularly with everything I’ve gone through this year with the London Marathon (finishing eighth) and getting ill before coming here,” Farah said.
Rutherford - has enjoyed a better time this year, breaking the British long jump record before winning the Commonwealth and European titles in quick succession