Jazz Carlin was crowned European Short Course champion for the first time in her career with an impressive 800m Freestyle victory in Netanya.
Having seen Andrew Willis and Roberto Pavoni land medals before her swim on day two in Israel, Bath swimmer Carlin won GB’s first gold of the meet with a classy performance.
The 25-year old, who won her first World Championship medal with 800m Freestyle bronze earlier in the year, took control of the field at the half-way stage before pulling clear to take gold in 8:11.01.
Hungary’s world 1500m Freestyle bronze medallist Boglarka Kapas (8:11.43) was a body-length back in second while the Netherlands’ World 400m Free silver medallist Sharon Van Rouwendaal (8:15.84) touched third.
Having won Commonwealth and European gold, as well as World Short Course silver last year, Carlin has now won a medal at every major international except for the Olympic Games, at which she will hope to make her debut in Rio next year.
Pavoni and Willis also landed the first European Short Course medals of their careers with 400m Individual Medley silver and 200m Breaststroke bronze respectively.
Having qualified fastest from the heats, Pavoni sliced nearly two seconds off his PB to touch second in the 400m IM final, finishing in 4:02.69 behind Hungary’s defending champion and World silver medallist David Verraszto (4:02.43).
Willis lowered his English record for bronze in the 200m Breast, claiming the second major international medal of his career to go with his Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth bronze for the same event.
Germany’s world champion Marco Koch took gold in 2:00.53 ahead of Hungary’s Olympic champion Daniel Gyurta (2:01.99) but Willis was nearly a second clear in third as he came home in 2:02.76.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor was the other British finalist on day two, finishing sixth in the 50m Butterfly in 25.69, having set a British record 57.59 to qualify second fastest for tomorrow’s 100m Individual Medley final in the same session.