SWIMMER Emma Russell produced a superb performance to help Great Britain on their way to an historic European Championship gold medal.

The 17-year-old former Woodmill High School pupil, who competes for the University of Stirling, is in Budapest, Hungary for the competition, which will conclude on Sunday.

A silver-medallist in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay at the 2019 European Junior Swimming Championships, Emma is competing for GB at senior level for the first time.

And, on Monday, she played her part in helping their women’s 4x100m freestyle team win a maiden European Championship gold in record-breaking style.

Together in an untried team with Lucy Hope, Evelyn Davis and Freya Anderson, Emma swam in the heats.

Her fine swim of 55.34 seconds in the third leg set the stage for Anderson to bring the team home second in 3:39.08, almost overhauling heat winners Denmark.

They were the third-quickest qualifiers but, for the final, Anna Hopkin and Abbie Wood came into the team for Emma and Davis, and they went on to strike gold with a stunning British record time of 3:34.17.