Marcus Ellis emerged as the leading British athlete at the conclusion of the 2019 European Games after winning two gold medals on the final weekend of action.
Ellis teamed up alongside fellow Team England athlete Chris Langridge to secure his first gold of the games in the men’s doubles final with a 21-17, 21-20 win over the Danish number one seeds on the penultimate day of competition.
Then, returning to partner Lauren Smith in the mixed doubles final, a repeat of last year’s all Team England Commonwealth Games final against eventual champions Chris and Gabby Adcock, Ellis and Smith got the better of their teammates to win 21-14, 21-9 and a second European Games gold for the 29-year-old.
“Yesterday (men’s doubles victory) felt amazing, but today feels even more special. To share this moment with Lauren is extra special and something we’ll remember forever,” Ellis told Team GB.
Following his consecutive gold medal winning victories, Ellis was announced as Team GB’s flagbearer at the closing ceremony in Minsk.
Pat delivers again
Pat McCormack added a European Games gold medal to his growing collection with victory in the men’s welterweight boxing final.
With a Commonwealth gold medal already to his name, McCormack beat his Russian opponent conclusively in a 5-0 points decision to take the title.
McCormack’s twin brother Luke was also among the Team England boxing medallists taking bronze in the light-welterweight division.
Also securing bronze medals were Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail and Cheavon Clarke, while light-heavyweight Ben Whittaker came away with a silver medal following a narrow split decision loss in the final.
Becky Downie back to her best
Becky Downie put her injury woes her behind to take home a silver medal on the uneven bars.
Having missed out on selection for last year’s Commonwealth Games through injury, the champion from Glasgow 2014 returned in scintillating form to score 14.400, missing out on gold by just 0.066 points.
Elsewhere teammate Georgia-Mae Fenton placed fifth on the beam after a commendable eight place finish in the all-around final a day earlier.