KERI-ANNE Payne and Cassie Patten claimed silver and bronze in the 10km open water swimming to get Britain off to a flying start on Day 12 of the Games.
Payne and Patten led for much of the race before being overhauled by Russian world champion Larisa Ilchenko in the closing stages, who crossed the finishing line in a time of one hour 59 minutes 27.7 seconds.
Payne came home in 1:59.29.2 with Patten finishing in 1:59.31.0.
The early success added to Britain’s burgeoning medal tally which now stands at 35 with 16 golds, 10 silvers and nine bronzes.
Payne and Patten’s medals added to those gained in the pool earlier in the Games – Rebecca Adlington landing two golds and Joanne Jackson weighing in with a bronze.
David Davies could add another medal tomorrow when he competes in the men’s 10km race.
But despite adding two medals to Britain’s record tally, the failure to win gold was a cruel blow to both British girls.
Patten revealed she had her feet tugged back by Ilchenko in the closing stages, before admitting the physical torment she had gone through during the race.
“I was quite annoyed, it’s not sportsmanship when you pull on someone’s feet,” she said.