European Junior Championships: Morgan Lake leads GB medal haul

Morgan Lake
Heptathlete Lake opted to focus solely on the high jump in Eskilstuna

World junior champion Morgan Lake led the way on the final day as Britain equalled their best tally of European Junior Championships gold medals.

Lake, 18, cleared 1.91m to win the high jump in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna.

That added to Sunday golds for British senior champion Kyle Langford in the 800m, Bobby Clay in the 1500m and pole vaulter Adam Hague, as well as the women's sprint and 4x400m relay teams.

Britain finished top of the medal table with 11 golds and six silvers.

Not since Thessaloniki in 1991 - when the winners included Darren Campbell and Donna Fraser - have the team won so many titles.

They have, however, finished two medals short of their record total of 19 from 2013.

Kyle Langford
Langford held off Michael Rimmer to win the British Championships earlier in July

World junior heptathlon champion Lake posted a winning mark five centimetres higher than that of nearest challenger Nawal Meniker of France to become the first British women to win the high jump.

And Hague was also the first British man to win the pole vault, the 17-year-old matching the 5.35m best of his nearest challenger - Finland's Niko Koskinen - before clearing 5.40m, 5.45m and 5.50m at the first time of asking.

Langford posted a time of one minute 48.99 seconds to snatch gold by just one hundredth of a second from Russian favourite Konstantin Tolokonnikov as Britain dominated on the track.

That victory means Britain have won the men's 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m and 5,000m at these championships, as well as the women's 400m and 1500m.

The last of those came when Clay triumphed from the front, crossing the line in 4:17.91, two and a half seconds ahead of team-mate and silver medallist Amy Griffiths.

Britain's European champions
MenWomen
100m Ojie Edoburun400m Laviai Nielsen
200m Tommy Ramdhan1500m Bobby Clay
800m Kyle LangfordHigh jump Morgan Lake
1500m Josh Kerr4x100m Shannon Malone, Shannon Hylton, Charlotte McLennaghan, Imani Lansiquot
5000m Alex George4x400m Cheriece Hylton, Lina Nielsen, Lily Beckford, Laviai Nielsen
Pole vault Adam Hague

The British dominance extended to the relays, too, with the women's sprint squad of Shannon Malone, Shannon Hylton, Charlotte McLennaghan and Imani Lansiquot taking advantage of a slack German changeover to win by over a second in 44:18.

And the competition concluded with Britain's women's 4x400m team romping home more than three seconds clear of silver medallists Italy.

Cheriece Hylton, Lily Beckford and twins Lina and Laviai Nielsen were always ahead and won by more than 30 metres in 3:34.36.

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