In a breathless two hours in Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium, victories for Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, the men’s 400m relay quartet and both sprint relay teams meant Britain finished with three more golds than they have ever previously managed.
Never before has a GB team won more than nine golds or 19 medals in total, but they will leave Zurich with an overall tally of 23 after an afternoon of unparalleled success
Farah became the most successful non-relay athlete, male or female, in the championships’ long history as he added the 5,000m title to the 10,000m title he won on Wednesday, before Olympic champion Rutherford added the European crown to his collection a fortnight after winning Commonwealth gold.
But it was the performance of the women’s 4x100m quartet that was arguably the pick, a team with an average age of 21 being led home by 18-year-old Desiree Henry to smash a national record that had stood for 34 years.
In a glorious six days for British track athletes, the performance of the young sprinters has been outstanding, with five individual medals and now two relay golds.