JEMMA Lowe won Great Britain’s first medal of the night at the World Short Course Championship in Istanbul.
Swimming in the 200m butterfly at the event, which is held in a 25-metre pool rather than the traditional championship-size 50-metre lengths, the Hartlepool girl finished third on Wednesday night.
The 22-year-old made a storming start and led for three quarters of the race before being overhauled by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who took gold, and 2012 Olympic champion Jiao Liuyang.
But there was joy for Lowe who not only claimed the bronze medal, but also lowered her own British record to 2mins 03.19secs for bronze.
After qualifying as seventh fastest into the final, the two-time Olympian was not fazed by swimming from the unfavoured lane one section.
She swam hard and while beaten in the latyter stages of the race, the Swansea-based Poolie was happy with her efforts.
“I just gave it my very best tonight and I can’t believe how it worked out,” J Lo said.
There was better to come later in the evening for the GB squad.
Hannah Miley held off controversial London 2012 champion Ye Shiwen to win the 400 metres individual medley.
SEE Thursday’s Mail for full report, reaction and medal picture