Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe wins gold with Great Britain at European Championship

GOLD: Jemma Lowe
GOLD: Jemma Lowe

JEMMA Lowe has won gold at the European Championship after being part of the world record breaking Great Britain mixed relay team.

The GB team tonight won the 4x100m relay title in Berlin, where they smashed the previous record of Australia by exactly two and a half seconds.

Britain’s qaurtet of Christopher Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Lowe and Fran Halsall clocked 3:44.02 for gold – Australia’s previous mark being 3:46.52 set earlier in 2014.

It was a stunning effort by the Brits, Walker-Hebborn’s backstroke (53.68) being followed by Peaty’s super sub-minute breastroke (59.30), Lowe’s butterfly (57.51) and Halsall’s freestyle (53.53).

The Netherlands’ Bastiaan Lijesen (55.19), Bram Dekker (1:01.66), Inge Dekker (56.81) and Femke Heemskerk (52.27) took silver with a time of 3:45.93, also under the former world record.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov (53.81), Vitalina Simonova (1:07.33), Viacheslav Prudnikov (52.58) and Veronika Popova (53.62) placed third in 3:47.34.