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Double gold for Shakes-Drayton

Perri Shakes-Drayton anchored Great Britain to victory in the women's 4x400 metres relay at the European Indoor Championships.

Shakes-Drayton made it two gold medals in the space of seven hours on the final day of the championships in Gothenburg.

The Londoner, a 400m hurdles specialist, followed up her dominant performance in the individual event with another impressive run as the British quartet stormed to victory at the Scandinavium Arena.

The team, which was led off by Eilidh Child, the 400m silver medallist here, and also included Olympic silver medal winner Christine Ohuruogu and Shana Cox, led from the very first leg to win in a new championship record.

They clocked three minutes, 27.56 seconds to finish 0.22secs ahead of the Russians, with Czech Republic getting bronze.

The men's quartet added another gold barely 15 minutes later after successfully appealing a disqualification.

The team of Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Nigel Levine - the individual silver medallist ran a superb third leg to put the team in the lead - and Richard Strachan clocked 3mins 06.96secs to finish over half a second clear of closest rivals Russia.

They were disqualified while still on their lap of honour, though, after second-leg runner Richard Buck appeared to step off the track as he jostled for position with Poland's Rafal Omelko on the first bend.

But the York athlete appeared to be barged by the Pole, leaving him little option but to leave his lane, and the team were reinstated on appeal.

Those two golds in the final two events took Britain's medal total for the day to six and for the championships to eight, one short of the nine they managed in Paris two years ago.

That includes four golds, though, following Holly Bleasdale's dramatic pole vault triumph yesterday.

The women's relay time was also a world lead and a new British record. It was 1.2s faster than they ran to win gold at least year's World Indoors and moved them to fifth on the world all-time list.

Shakes-Drayton said: "I can feel it in my legs right now but I went out there and did it for the girls. Nobody wants to let anyone down.

"It has been a great day at the office. I couldn't celebrate after the individual because I had the relay and I was sharing with Asha (Philip) who had her (60m) final, but now I can enjoy the moment.

"The hard work I have been doing has paid off and I can look forward to the outdoors now."

Ohuruogu, who did not compete in the individual event, added: "The idea was for them to take it and do well and for me to try and support them and give them a boost and keep them motivated.

"They are very, very tired, but we worked hard so we are going to celebrate."