Dan Jervis bagged a bronze medal at the Japan Open – one of four medals won by Britain’s swimmers on the opening night in Tokyo.
The Swansea Aquatics ace clocked 15 minutes 17.40 seconds in the 1500m freestyle at the Tatsumi International Pool having just finished a gruelling training camp in Thailand.
Jervis is one of five Welsh swimmers named in GB’s team for the World Championships in Budapest in July.
And the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is relishing competing alongside the likes of Olympic champ Adam Peaty and Hannah Miley.
Jervis, 20, said:“I’m so happy with that. I was quite nervous going into the race.
“None of the British team are tapered so it’s about going into it and racing hard. It’s really early in the season and I’m really happy with where I am at the moment.
“Being on the team with Peaty and Miley is awesome and I’ve always looked up to them so it’s great to be with them.”
Jervis came home behind the home duo of Yamamoto Kouhei (15:12.08) and Takeda Ryogo (15:30.90)
Peaty won gold in the 100m breaststroke, Kathleen Dawson took silver in the 100m backstroke while James Guy won bronze in the 200m butterfly.