Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu lit up the opening night of swimming at the London 2016 European Aquatics Championships to win her third consecutive continental 400m Individual Medley gold.
The 27-year old, who is also a three-time 400m IM world champion, ducked under her Championship record effort of 4:30.97 from the heats to take the touch by more than four seconds in 4:30.90.
Great Britain’s Hannah Miley followed her home to kickstart the hosts’ medal campaign with silver in 4:35.27 while Hosszu’s teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos landed the seventh European medal of her career with bronze in 4:38.39.
But there was no keeping up with Hosszu, who returned to the pool later in the session to qualify third fastest for tomorrow’s 200m Backstroke Final in 2:09.98 behind Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (2:08.66) and Croatia’s Matea Samardzic (2:09.87).
“I have a great three and half years behind me, I have been enjoying every moment of the journey,” said Hosszu, who finished fourth in the 400m IM on her last visit to London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics.
“This day was also about erasing all the bad memories I had from this pool and today I managed to achieve that.
“Also, at the European Championships I feel no pressure so my only task is to enjoy this competition.”