Britain finished the European Championships at the top of the medal table on Sunday, a clear sign of their intention ahead of the Olympics, with star swimmer Adam Peaty winning four gold medals.
Peaty had previously won the 50m and 100m breaststroke in addition to being a member of the mixed 4x100m medley team.
On Sunday, he added a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay to his collction with Great Britain ending with 11 overall.
“I’m so tired, I just want to come home,” Peaty said two months before the Tokyo Games.
“There have been a lot of races for me this week so I have to figure out how I can recover better and faster for the Olympics.
“But I’m very happy, we look very strong, we have a great team and a great support team behind us, so we can only perform very well. “
Great Britain finished with 26 medals in total while Italy won 27, including five gold.
Three of them occurred on the last day of Sunday.
Simona Quadarella won the 400m freestyle to add to her triple 400-800-1500m from the 2018 Championships in Glasgow.
Margherita Panziera took the victory in the 200m backstroke while Benedetta Pilato, 16, took the victory in the 50m breaststroke, a day after setting a new world record in the event.
Russia have won 22 medals, nine of them gold, the last of which was awarded by 18-year-old Ilya Borodin in the 400m medley.
Kristof Milak once again delighted the audience.
After winning the 200m butterfly on Wednesday beating his closest rival by three seconds, the Hungarian added the 100m title on Sunday.
The 21-year-old clocked 50.18 seconds for a European Championship record and the fourth best performance ever.
Only three men swam faster in the distance and all under the 50-second mark – Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, whose Milak won the 200m world record in 2019, and Milorad Cavic.
“I managed to face the guys in Europe, now there is still one clash this summer,” said Milak.
“This is what I am preparing for and I hope I will be in the competitive mood in Tokyo because today I did not feel any excitement. “
1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 25h30, 2. Melanie Henique (FRA) 25.46, 3. Emilie Beckmann (DEN) 25.59
50 m breaststroke
1. Benedetta Pilato (ITA) 29.35, 2. Ida Hulkko (FIN) 30.19, 3. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 30.22
200 m dos
1. Margherita Panziera (ITA) 2: 06.08, 2. Cassie Wild (GBR) 2: 07.74, 3. Katalin Burian (HUN) 2: 07.87
1. Simona Quadarella (ITA) 4: 04.66, 2. Anna Egorova (RUS) 4: 06.05, 3. Boglarka Kapas (HUN) 4: 06.90
4x100m medley relay
1. Great Britain 3: 54.01, 2. Russia 3: 56.25, 3. Italy 3: 56.30
50 m freestyle
1. Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (FIN) 21.61, 2. Benjamin Proud (GBR) 21.69, 3. Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE) 21.73
1. Kristof Milak (HUN) 50.18, 2. Josif Miladinov (BUL) 50.93, 3. James Guy (GBR) 50.99
1. Ilya Borodin (RUS) 4: 10.02, 2. Alberto Razzetti (ITA) 4: 11.17, 3. Max Litchfield (GBR) 4: 11.56
4x100m medley relay
1. Great Britain 3: 28.59, 2. Russia 3: 29.50, 3. Italy 3: 29.93
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