Daniel Fogg was the first of three British swimmers home when he finished 11th in the 10km open water event as the European Aquatics Championships got under way in Budapest yesterday.
Fogg swam well in Lake Balaton to finish in one hour 54 minutes 40.2 seconds with fellow Briton Richard Charlesworth in 27th place in 1hr 56min 33.2sec, three places ahead of David Davies.
Davies, the Olympic silver medallist, led for most of the race but found the final 2km too much and he fell back into the pack of swimmers to finish in 1:58.21.4.
Davies, who has struggled in training this year, will shortly return from Loughborough to the City of Cardiff club to train ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
Team Leader Mark Perry said: "The race was a tough one in a quality field and for us we can take many positives from these results. For Dave to return to action and lead for 8km is very positive. Although he hit a wall, we know where he is now and where he needs to be to gain success."
The race was won by Thomas Lurz of Germany who claimed his fourth European crown over 10km ahead of Valerio Cleri of Italy and Russia's Evgeny Drattsev. Russia's Ekaterina Seliverstova took the gold in the women's race.Reuse content