SPLIT, YUGOSLAVIA, SEPT. 1 -- The French national team broke the world record in the men's 4x100-meter relay, British stars Peter Elliott and Steve Cram failed to earn a medal in the men's 1,500 meters and East German sprinter Katrin Krabbe became the only triple gold medalist as the European track and field championships ended today.

The French team of Max Moriniere, Daniel Sangouma, Jean Charles Trouabal and Bruno Marie Rose was timed in 37.79 seconds in setting the only world mark of the six-day meet. It erased the record of 37.83 set by the United States national team -- anchored by Carl Lewis -- at the 1984 Olympics.

East Germany, competing in its final major track and field meet as a separate team prior to German unification, led in gold medals with 12, most of them won by the women. Britain had nine golds, the Soviet Union six, Italy five and West Germany and France three each.

The four East German golds on the final day went to Juergen Schult in the men's discus, the women's 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams, and to Jens-Peter Herold in the men's 1,500.

Herold won in 3:38.25, outsprinting Gennaro di Napoli of Italy, the runner-up, and third-place Mario Silva of Portugal. Cram, the world mile record-holder, and Elliott, the Commonwealth Games 1,500-meter champion and Olympic silver medalist, were one-two until the stretch.

But Herold, the Olympic bronze medalist, overtook them and raced on to the final individual gold in East German track and field. Elliott finished fourth in 3:39.07 and Cram was fifth in 3:39.08.

After winning the women's 100 and 200 earlier, Krabbe ran the second leg on the East Germans' 4x100-meter relay team, which was timed in 41.68. Her teammates took the 4x400-meter relay in 3:21.02.