PHIL Muspratt returned to international masters swimming at the weekend when competing in France at the European Masters Games.
Competitors from 33 different countries were involved in 27 sports at the three-day event, which was staged in Nice.
It was Muspratt's his first taste of international action since last summer's World Championships in Montreal.
Day one at the Jean Bouin pool saw him win gold in the 50m freestyle.
The following day he won silver in the 100m backstroke - a first for the swimmer at an international meet and only his second in a long course (50m) pool, finishing behind Rudy Bertrand of France.
That afternoon Muspratt also finished fourth in the 200m freestyle.
On the third and final day of competition he had the more familiar 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle to contend with. Seeded second in the 50m backstroke, he avenged the previous day's defeat by Bertrand, beating the Frenchman to gold.
Muspratt then secured his third gold of the competition in the 100m freestyle to finish on a high.
"I'm delighted with how this meet went overall," he said. "My times weren't anything to write home about, but they were an improvement on my last races, which is what it's all about for me at the moment; progression. Bit by bit I will regain my fitness, times and speed, so with each swim all I am focusing on is progression and improvement in my performance and times."
He added: "To come home with three golds and a silver is a big confidence boost, but I know there are tougher tests ahead in the form of the Masters National Short Course Championships in two weeks. I aim to get as fit as possible and give the nationals my best shot."
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