European Cross Country: Great Britain top medal table

Britton wins Euro cross country title

Great Britain topped the overall medal table at the European Cross Country Championships in Hungary for a fifth year in a row.

Jess Coulson won the Under-23 women's race, while there was also gold for the junior women's team in Budapest.

Tom Farrell, who missed the Olympics due to injury, was fourth in the men's race as Britain came second behind Spain in the men's team standings.

Louise Damen finished 11th as Britain's women won the team bronze.

All 36 members of the British team return from the Hungarian capital with a medal.

Italian Andrea Lalli captured the men's race in a time of 30 minutes, one second to become the first man to secure the set of junior, U-23 and senior European titles.

Five British men finished in the top-20 on a course covered by frozen snow, while all six British athletes were inside the top 33 as Ireland's Fionnuala Britton retained her individual title in the women's race.

Coulson's victory helped Britain to a team silver in the women's Under-23 event, with James Wilkinson added bronze in the men's Under-23 race to the silver he won last year as Britain finished third.

"This has been a long time coming," said the 22-year-old Coulson. "The last time I made a GB team was five years ago.

"I put it down to my coach, Mick Woods. I just really worked hard and I enjoyed it out there today, I was even singing to myself on the way around. I just felt good. I got going and then didn't stop."

The junior women won gold for a second year in a row, with last year's winner Emelia Gorecka, 18, adding a silver medal to the bronze she won in 2010. Kieran Clements was third as the junior men finished with bronze.

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