Chingford swimmer Daniel Fogg marked his first attempt at the 5km open water time trial by winning gold at the European Aquatic Championships in Berlin.
A time of 53.41.04 was enough to see Fogg to victory, edging out Rob Muffels (54.01.80) and Thomas Lurz (54.02.60) in second and third place respectively.
The 26-year-old is far from a complete novice in open water events, though, and came fifth in the 10km event at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Reflecting on the win, Fogg said: “I’ve never done a 5km time trial before. It was a bit weird not knowing where you are until the end but I swam my own race and tried to time it so that I was faster at the end.
“I knew I had a good chance if I swam well, and starting near the end probably helped, but as I had never done it before I didn’t know how it would go so am really pleased with the gold.
“After the disappointment of the 1,500m at the Commonwealth Games, to come out here and end the season on a high is really positive and puts me in good stead for next season.”
Fogg finished seventh in the final of 1,500m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earlier this month after winning bronze four years earlier in Delhi.