Dan Fogg won the first British medal of the 2014 European Aquatics Championships with 5km open water gold in Berlin.
The 26-year old is used to winning medals over twice the distance and is a FINA 10km World Cup gold medallist from last season, but he thrived in the time-trial format of the shorter distance in Germany.
With athletes setting off in one-minute intervals, Fogg, who was the penultimate swimmer in the water, admitted he wasn't sure of his position in the field until he saw his time of 53:41.4 was enough for gold.
“I knew I had a good chance if I swam well and starting near the end probably helped, but as I had never done it before I didn’t know how it would go so am really pleased with the gold," said Fogg, whose teammate Mark Deans was 20th in the same race.
“After the disappointment of the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games, to come out here and end the season on a high is really positive and puts me in good stead for next season.”
Jack Burnell almost became Great Britain's second open water medallist of the competition as he finished sixth in the men's 10km race.
The 21-year old was placed in third but was pulled back as he navigated the penultimate buoy and ultimately finished in 1:50:04.1 while Tom Allen was 14th and Caleb Hughes 24th.
In the women's races, Danielle Huskisson was 21st and Lauren Walton 26th in the 10km while Alice Dearing was 16th and Lucinda Campbell 19th in the 5km time trial.