4 Aug 2015

Lauren Boyle into another final

8:22 am on 4 August 2015

The New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle has qualified for the final of the 1500 metres freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Russia.

Lauren Boyle

Lauren Boyle Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Boyle recorded the 5th fastest time.

The American teenager Katie Ledecky bettered her own world record in topping qualifying.

The 18-year-old won the 400 freestyle gold yesterday with Boyle 5th.

Meanwhile Hungary's Katinka Hosszu underlined her status as the leading all-round swimmer with a world record in the women's 200 individual medley.

New Zealand's youngest team member Bobbi Gichard had her first test of the water in the 100m backstroke.

The 15-year-old clocked a time of 1:01.26, right on her personal best, to finish 26th overall and improve her world rank by 10 places.

In the men's 100 backstroke Corey Main was also on the mark of his personal best touching in 54.51 to be 22nd fastest.

Matthew Stanley came closer to finding his best form in heats of the 200m freestyle after being well off the pace in the 400m freestyle yesterday.

The Matamata swimmer had a solid first 100m but dropped off the pace in the second half clocking 1:48.67 to be 28th fastest.

Boyle will compete in the 1500m freestyle final in the finals session today.

In today's heats Glenn Snyders is back in the pool for the 50m breaststroke with Bradlee Ashby and Nathan Capp making their first appearances at the championships in the 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle respectively.