Loughborough-based swimming star Adam Peaty completed his quadruple gold-winning streak for the third time, bringing home his twelfth European Championship gold and breaking his tenth world record in the process! Since competing at the School Games in 2010 and 2011, Peaty has risen through the ranks with mind-blowing success and he now holds the top ten times ever in the 50m breaststroke.

Fellow swimmer Duncan Scott also took home three medals from the competition. Having already claimed silver in the 100m freestyle and gold in the 4×200m freestyle, Scott enjoyed a massive break through as from the outside lane he won his second gold in the 200m freestyle. Duncan first competed in the School Games in 2013 and has gone on to win two silvers at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and a gold and silver at the 2017 World Championships.

Since competing in the 2012 School Games, Dina Asher-Smith has been making her mark on the track, adding to her 2016 European gold, 2016 Olympic bronze and 2017 World Championship silver over the last week; Asher-Smith leaves this European Championships with an astonishing three gold medals and a pair of British records.

Producing sensational runs in both the 100m and 200m, she lowered her own British records to 10.85 and 21.89 respectively and became the first British woman in history to run 200m in less than 22 seconds. Finishing her hat-trick with a 4x100m relay gold, Asher-Smith has consolidated her place as one of the best sprinters in the world.

Adam Gemili was another sprinter on form in Berlin, winning gold in the men’s 4x100m, having secured victory in the same event at the School Games back in 2010. The European medal adds to his relay collection, of which he has a 2017 World Championship gold. Competing in the 200m sprint as well, Gemili crossed the line in an impressive fifth place.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who competed in the School Games in 2009, put on an impressive heptathlon performance to take home a European silver medal. After racing to the fastest ever 200m in a European Championship heptathlon, it was clear that Katarina had come with her sights set on the podium. After a javelin personal best and her highest ever score of 6,759 points, it was only world champion Nafi Thiam of that denied her gold.

Laura Weightman stormed to a bronze medal in the 1500m, just behind teammate and gold medallist Laura Muir. An alumna of 2006 and 2007, Laura won gold in both of her School Games 1500m performances, showing her prowess from a young age. Fellow 1500m runner and 2010 alumni Jake Wightman also ran his way to a bronze medal, with 400m hurdler and 2006 alumni Meghan Beesley achieving the same feat.

Track cyclist Ethan Hayter, alumni of 2014, won gold in the men’s omnium race, adding to an already fantastic year for him, after his gold medal winning performance at the 2018 World Championships and silver at the Commonwealth Games.

Another cycling success was alumna Elinor Barker who took home gold in the women’s team pursuit.  Barker previously competed in the School Games in 2010, where she also won gold. You can read more about Elinor’s cycling journey here.

In such a successful European Championships, it is remarkable to see so many previously School Games athletes competing, winning medals and breaking records. Priding itself on its ability to springboard young athletes to the next level of their sporting careers, the School Games is a great opportunity for the nation’s next big stars to get a taste of large, multi-sport events and prepare them for their futures.

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