Tom Dean hailed a dream come true as he snatched silver on opening night at the LEN European Short Course Championships.
Dean secured 400m freestyle silver and Luke Greenbank bagged bronze in the 200m backstroke as the host nation climbed onto the rostrum at the first time of asking at Tollcross.
Dean, whose maiden international medal came in the same pool at the 2018 European long course Championships, touched in 3:37.95, 0.11 ahead of bronze.
“This is amazing,” said the 19-year-old, some way behind Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys who won gold.
“I’ve arrived here without any expectations so this medal is a dream for me. I felt really good, the crowd pushed me, it was really, really amazing!”
Having lowered Chris Walker-Hebborn’s ten-year British record earlier this morning, Greenbank did it again with an imposing 1:50.09 swim for bronze.
The 22-year-old said after his heat there was more to come and he wasn’t lying, finishing 0.42 ahead of fourth in relative comfort.
“It felt brilliant, a lot more smooth than the heats,” said Greenbank.
“I’ve got sub 1:50 in me, just maybe not on this occasion. I’m over the moon with the medal, this has given me a lot of confidence.
“It’s really good to get off to a good start, once a few people win medals and set PBs, it builds momentum and there’s a good mood in the camp. Hopefully we can carry that on.”
There was no touching Katinka Hosszu in the 400m medley, towering over the field to add her 17th EuroSwim title.
The Hungarian led by just 0.7 at the halfway stage, extending that to over a second on ninth and tenth lengths and eventually 3.66 ahead of compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos.
“Last Saturday I did weight trainings as I need to turn on my Olympic preparations – since then I knew that here it wasn’t going to be a world record,” said Hosszu.
And 14-year-old Benedetta Pilato broke a world junior record in an Italian one-two in the 50m breaststroke, clocking 29.32 ahead of Martina Carraro, 12 years her senior.
“I’m super satisfied. I’m lost for my emotions, I really wanted to win this one!” said Pilato.
Russia held sway in the men’s short sprints, with Vladimir Morozov swooping to 50m breaststroke gold and then anchoring his nation to 4x50m freestyle glory.
The London 2012 medallist was head and shoulders above a tight two-length shootout where two hundredths separated second and joint third, Fabio Scozzoli and Arno Kamminga sharing bronze.
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