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British athletes hold on to third in Gateshead

ESPN staff
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Tiffany Porter was one of the British winners on Sunday © PA Photos
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Great Britain hung on to finish third in the European Team Championships in Gateshead this weekend, after some strong performances on Sunday amid difficult conditions.

With heavy rain, wind and even lightning affecting proceedings, British athletics delivered some strong performances to clinch a podium finish at the two-day competition.

Russia, for the third year in a row, came out on top - edging Germany in a duel that went down to the day's final two events.

After the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Judd had impressed for the hosts on Saturday, Olympian Tiffany Porter kicked off Sunday for Britain with victory in the 100 metres hurdles.

There were also victories for Britain in the men's and women's 4x400 relays, while 21-year-old Sophie Hitchon broke her own British hammer record with a throw of 72.97m - qualifying her for the forthcoming World Championships in Russia.

"I can't believe it, I'm so pleased," Hitchon said, although the effort was only good enough for the third on the day.

There were some disappointing performances elsewhere, however, with Hannah England and Andrew Osagie both struggling in their respective middle distance disciplines.

Osagie was outrun as he finished third in the 800m, while England - the reigning world silver medallist - tired badly down the stretch as she trundled home in fifth.

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