Super Steph made a big splash

Steph Slater was a sensation at the IPC European Championships
Steph Slater was a sensation at the IPC European Championships
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Preston’s Steph Slater enjoyed yet more success on the final day of the IPC Swimming European Championships to cap an impressive week for the GB team in Eindhoven.

Slater picked up her fifth individual gold of the event and also set a European record after coming home first in the women’s S8 50m freestyle in 30.44 seconds – almost a second quickest than the previous mark.

The world record holder said: “It was a really good swim.

“I love the 50m freestyle because it’s a great sprint event and I love my sprints. I’ve always loved doing the 50m freestyle and it’s one I’ll hopefully work on a lot more.”

Slater then picked up a team gold after linking up with Steph Millward, Claire Cashmore and Amy Marren to win the women’s 4x100m medley relay also claimed victory.

Andrew Mullen, meanwhile, also set a new European record of 37.56secs as he won the men’s S5 50m backstroke for his fourth gold medal of the championships.

Mullen said: “It’s been a great week. I don’t really think it could have gone much better for me.

“I have a 100 per cent PB record, four gold medals and two silvers – I don’t think I could have asked for any more.”

Double Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds boasts three gold medals after adding the SB6 100m breaststroke title to her collection, while Marren won her sixth individual medal with silver in the S9 100m butterfly.

Hannah Russell also returned from Holland with six medals after winning silver in the S12 400m freestyle.

The GB Para-Swimming team finished with 73 medals – including 30 golds – to exceed their target.