Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Chris Walker-Hebborn continued GB’s medal rush on day three of the European Short Course Championships in Netanya.
Having seen the British team pick up five medals from the first two days in Israel, Bath swimmers O’Connor and Walker-Hebborn won their first of the meet with 100m Individual Medley silver and 100m Backstroke bronze respectively.
O’Connor is no stranger to the European Short Course podium, having won her first senior international medal with 100m IM bronze in 2012, before repeating the result in the 100m IM and adding silver in the 200m IM in Herning two years ago.
And the 20-year old, who reached the individual World Championship podium with 200m IM bronze this summer, never looked in danger of missing out on a fourth European SC medal of her short career.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was in a class of her own as she set a world record 56.67 to take home gold, but O’Connor – who set a British record 56.59 in the semi finals – had nearly a second and a half on the rest of the field as she took silver in 57.65.
Walker-Hebborn was involved in a tighter affair for his 100m Backstroke medal, but fought of the close attention of Russia’s Nikita Konovalov in the neighbouring lane to land bronze in a PB 50.35.
Among the other Brits in action on the middle day, Roberto Pavoni finished fourth in the 200m Individual Medley, while Adam Peaty qualified fastest from the semi finals of the 100m Breaststroke