England's men's sprint relay team defended their title with a scorching performance greeted by arguably the roar of the Games, Ojie Edoburun anchoring home the quartet that also included Jona Efoloko, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.

Three of this quartet won bronze at the recent World Championships in Oregon, with Edoburun the new face replacing the injured Reece Prescod.

"This is something we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives," he said.

"I’m just so happy to come in and fit in right away with the boys, they’ve been killing it these last few years.

"I didn’t want to miss out on this special generation of athletes, everyone is so gifted. To have the responsibility of bringing them home, words can’t describe it."

Elsewhere, Nigeria set a new African record to win the women's 4x100m with England's Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, Bianca Williams and Daryll Neita chasing them home in silver.

And England's Cindy Sember claimed her first major outdoor medal with a 100m hurdles bronze, in a race won by Nigeria's Tobi Amusan in a new Games record.

"That felt really good and I'm just so pleased with my performance," she said.

"This is my first major outdoor medal and I'm just very grateful for the opportunity to race in front of this crowd.

"I've been going through a lot with injuries and this makes it all worth it and hopefully I've made everyone proud.”

Victoria Ohuruogu also claimed silver in the women's 400m while England team-mate Jodie Williams grabbed bronze.

Ohuruogu, who is coached by Olympic and world champion sister Christine, admits she's a late bloomer on the athletics scene, aged 29.

"It took me quite a few years to get over the comparisons with Christine and start feel comfortable with the athlete I am," she said.

"I've a great relationship with Christine and being inspired by her was a huge positive."

In the men's 400m, Matthew Hudson-Smith bagged silver to upgrade the bronze he achieved at the World Championships in Eugene last month.

He said: "I said I wanted three medals this summer - a silver and a bronze so far, there's only one colour missing for the Europeans now.

"You have been an amazing crowd, thanks to the volunteers, and it's been an amazing experience."

And in the evening Ben Pattison secured bronze in the midst of a strong field in the 800m, and credited the much-lauded Alexander Stadium crowd for giving him the energy he needed to power home.

He said: “It’s amazing. With 200m to go, I’m not sure I believed I was going to do it but luckily I had it in me.

"The atmosphere was unbelievable and carried me home.”