GLASGOW /UK/, August 10. /TASS/. Russia’s national swimming team has shown its best European Championships performance ever during this year’s event in Glasgow, beating the previous record set by Soviet Union swimmers.
The swimming competition in Glasgow ended on Thursday with women’s 4x100m medley relay event, which Russia won. Anastasia Fesikova, Yulia Efimova, Svetlana Chimrova and Maria Kameneva finished the distance with the result of 3 minutes 54.22 seconds and the advantage of 2.47 seconds over the Danish swimmers, who took the silver clocking 3 minutes 56.69 seconds.
It was Russia’s tenth gold at the tournament. In total, Russia won 26 medals (ten gold, ten silver and six bronze medals) in the competition, held as part of the inaugural multi-sport European Championships.
This is the biggest number of gold medals ever won by swimmers at a European competition in the history of modern Russia, and Russia’s best overall performance in terms of medals won. Previously, the national team’s most successful European Championships took place in 1981, when Soviet swimmers won 24 medals - ten gold, seven silver and seven bronze.
"This is the most successful performance in history, including the Soviet period. The team has never been so successful," said Viktor Avdiyenko, the first vice president of the All-Russian Swimming Federation.
The first edition of the multi-sport European Championships is taking place in Berlin, Edinburgh and Glasgow and will end on August 12. After the seventh day of the competition, Russia tops the event's overall medal count with 51 medals - 24 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze. The United Kingdom is the runner up with 50 medals (18 gold, 17 silver and 15 bronze), followed by The Netherlands with 32 medals (12 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze).
The medal count does not include awards won by track and field athletes from Russia, who are competing in the neutral status.