Great Britain and Ireland ensured a glittering end to the European Games in Minsk as they claimed four gold medals between them on the final day of competition.
Lauren Price and Kurt Walker won boxing finals at the Uruchie Sports Palace while Megan Barker and Jess Roberts teamed up to end a tough cycling programme on a high with gold in the women’s madison.
Marcus Ellis won his second badminton gold medal of the Games after teaming up with Lauren Smith to defeat Great Britain team-mates and top seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock 21-14 21-9.
In addition, there were impressive silver medals for gymnasts Giarnni Regini-Moran and Becky Downie, badminton’s Kirsty Gilmour, and Ireland’s world boxing champion Kellie Harrington, who was forced to withdraw from her lightweight final against Mira Potkonen due to injury.
Price pulled off a career-best win over world number one and Olympic silver medallist Nouchka Fontijn to take a split decision victory in their middleweight gold medal match.
Price was deducted a point for holding in the opening round but battled back strongly and deserved the verdict over an opponent by whom she had been beaten in last year’s world semi-finals in Delhi.
Price told PA: “I would say this is the biggest win of my career to beat the world number one and Olympic silver medallist.
“I knew I had to take it to her to get the decision and I thought I won it clearly. I told myself I had nothing to lose and I went in with no pressure and it is an unbelievable feeling to have got the gold.”
Walker, who had shocked reigning bantamweight champion Peter McGrail in the semi-finals, repeated the feat with a classy unanimous decision win over Ukraine’s Mykola Butsenko.
Walker had been clearly beaten by Butsenko in the European Championships two years ago and said: “It just shows how much I’ve grown as a boxer and as a man in the last two years.”
Barker and Roberts rounded off an encouraging Games for the inexperienced women’s cycling squad in style as they hung on to beat Holland and win the women’s madison.
It was an especially significant win for the British pair, coming against Kirsten Wild – one half of a world title-winning team in Poland earlier this year – and Amber Van Der Hulst.
At Minsk Arena, Downie marked an impressive comeback after ankle surgery last year as she won silver on the uneven bars behind Russia’s Angelina Melnikova.
Downie, who had looked set for gold after a fall for reigning world champion Nina Derwael before she was eclipsed by the Russian with a score of 14.466, insisted: “I’m not disappointed at all.
“This was about delivering two clean routines and proving to myself that I can still do it and I’m still good enough, because those thoughts are always in the back of your mind.”