European Rowing Championships in Szeged. Hungary. ERCH 2024

The 2024 European Rowing Championships and the World Rowing European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta came to a close on Sunday in Szeged, Hungary, with Romania winning the women's eight in style.

The defending champions' victory over Great Britain (silver) and Italy (bronze) was their fourth gold medal of the Championships, butit was Great Britain who finished top of the medal table with a total of eight gold medals, one silver, and one bronze.

Crews from nine nations returned home as European rowing champions, including Norway. After Birgit Skarstein's gold in the PR1 women's single sculls on Saturday, Thea Helseth and Inger Seim Kavlie won the women's double sculls on Sunday. Their victory, ahead of world silver medallists Lithuania and world and Olympic champions Romania, was Norway's first ever win by a women's crew in an Olympic boat class at this level.

Great Britain's victories included a clean sweep of the men's sweep events. In addition to yesterday's win in the Men's Eight, the Men's Pair and Men's Four looked dominant in winning their finals on Sunday. Tom George and Ollie Wynne-Griffith in the pair earned European gold on the third time of asking, after two previous silver medals, while the four defended their 2023 title.

Britain's PR3 mixed sculls also continued to dominate and are now the boat with the longest winning streak in any boat class - dating back to 2010, despite several crew changes in that time. France and Italy completed the podium.

Among the Romanian victories, women's pair champions Ioana Vrinceanu and Roxana Anghel made it two gold medals on Sunday as they also doubled up in the eight. Meanwhile, Andrei-Sebastian Cornea and Marian Enache stormed to an early lead in the men's double sculls to win their nation's first gold medal in the boat class.

Other Sunday champions included Serbia's Jovana Arsic, who won the women's single sculls with a blistering first 500m, and Germany's Oliver Zeidler, who will head to the 2024 Paris Olympics as World and European champion in the men's single sculls.

The 2024 World Rowing European Olympic & Paralympic Qualification Regatta saw 10 crews book their tickets to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Individual neutral Tatsiana Klimovich, Azerbaijan's Diana Dymchenko, Ukraine's Yevheniia Dovhodko, Serbia's Nikolaj Pimenov, Bulgaria's Kristian Vasilev and Belgium's Tim Brys qualified in the single sculls, Poland and Austria in the women's lightweight double sculls and Ukraine and Belgium in the men's lightweight double sculls.

The European Rowing Championships have been held since 1893 and are one of the longest running sporting events in the international calendar. After a hiatus, they were reintroduced in 2007 and will be part of a multi-sport event for the first time in 2018. The European Rowing Championships are open to the 46 European national rowing federations, including Israel.