Italian duo Elena Bertocchi, left, and Maicol Verzotto, right, won the 3m synchronised title in Kiev today ©LEN

Italian duo Elena Bertocchi and Maicol Verzotto claimed the 3 metres synchronised mixed title on day two of the 2017 European Diving Championships in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

They posted a score of 287.88 points to secure first place at the Liko Sports Centre.

Verzotto became the first Italian male diver to win a synchronised medal in a World Championship when he took bronze alongside Tania Cagnotto in the 3m springboard event in Kazan in 2015.

Bertocchi, meanwhile, took individual silver at last year’s European Aquatics Championships in the 1m springboard in London.

The duo combined perfectly today, winning by gold by 4.92 points.

“This is a very good result for us," said Verzotto.

"Our goal was, of course, a medal.

"We knew we were facing a tough competition but in the end we were a bit better.

"We have done well, especially since we do not have too much experience in this competition.”

Great Britain’s Lois Toulson won the women’s 10m platform competition ©Getty Images
Great Britain’s Lois Toulson won the women’s 10m platform competition ©Getty Images

Much to the delight of their home crowd, Viktoriya Kesar and Stanislav Oliferchyk of Ukraine finished second on 282.96.

Germany’s Tina Punzel and Lou Massenberg rounded out the podium on 281.40.

In today’s second event, Great Britain’s Lois Toulson took good in the women’s 10m platform.

The 17-year-old, who won gold in this event at the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015, topped the podium with a score of 330.75.

She was followed in second and third place by two Russian competitors.

Anna Chuinyshena took silver on 326.90 and Iuliia Timoshinina rounded out the podium on 313.30.

Action in Kiev is due to continue tomorrow with the men’s 1m springboard and women's 10m synchronised platform events.

The European Championships are the final major opportunity for the continent's divers to compete before this year's World Aquatics Championships, which are due to be staged in Budapest between July 14 to 30.