SWIMMER Emma Russell achieved a golden double while competing at her first senior competition for Great Britain.

The former Woodmill High School pupil, 17, was selected to race at the European Aquatics Championships, which were held in Budapest, Hungary, between May 17-23.

She was named in a team that included those who will go to the Tokyo Olympics – including reigning Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion, Adam Peaty; and fellow University of Stirling swimmers Aimee Willmott, Ross Murdoch and Duncan Scott – following last month's British Swimming Selection trials.

There, Emma set two Scottish Age Group records and claimed PBs in three events – and has followed that up with gold star performances in Budapest.

Emma, who in 2019 won a 4x200 metres freestyle relay medal while representing GB at the European Junior Swimming Championships, will receive medals for her efforts in winning performances in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

Having raced in the heats in the 4x100m last Monday, which GB's women won in the European Championships for the first time, she was back in action on Friday in the 4x200m.

Emma, together with Lucy Hope, Tamryn Van Selm and Holly Hibbott, competed in heat one, where the British team faced quartets from Italy, Israel, Denmark, Hungary and Turkey.

Swimming the final leg, the West Fife teenager brought her team home in two minutes and 1.17 seconds for a total time of 8:01.68, which was saw them through to the final in fourth place.

Freya Anderson then came in for Emma for the final and, in a time of 7:53.15, GB stormed to victory ahead of Hungary (7:56.26) and Italy (7:56.72) to clinch gold.

For her role in the heats, Emma will receive a gold medal, and will add to the same colour of gong picked up in the 4x100m.

In that event, she posted a time of 55.34 in the heats where, alongside Hope, Anderson and Evelyn Davis, GB reached the final in a time of 3:39.08.

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, ensuring the Dunfermline swimmer enjoyed a highly-successful meet.