13 Nov 2010

Benson goes close to world championship qualifying time

1:23 pm on 13 November 2010

The Auckland swimmer William Benson was just outside the World Championship qualifying time in winning his heat of the 100 butterfly at the National Short Course Championships in Mount Maunganui.

Benson, a Beijing Olympian was just 0.8 of a second outside the time that would have got him to the World Short Course Champs in Dubai next month.

The bar has been set extremely high to qualify for the Dubai meet, equating to around top five in the world on the FINA points system.