Glenn Snyders set to take on the best in final
IAN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW
Glenn Snyders is ready to challenge the world's best breaststrokers when he contests the men's 100m final tomorrow morning (NZ time) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The California-domiciled New Zealander improved on his heat win time of 1:00.75 seconds with second place in the second semifinal this morning (NZ time) to book his spot in the last eight.
His time of 59.98 seconds puts him fourth-fastest among the world-class field that features 200m winner Ross Murdoch of Scotland.
Adam Peaty of England won Snyder's semi in 59.16, further improving on the Commonwealth Games record he set in winning his heat.
Last year's world championship silver medallist Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa was third-fastest in 59.91 - behind Murdoch's 59.72s - while 2013 world champion Christian Sprenger of Australia, who looked short of his best in the 200m, missed out on a spot in the final when 10th fastest in the semis.
"Men's breaststroke in the Commonwealth is just phenomenal," Snyders said.
"It just shows the depth. People think the Commonwealths is a little bit easier, but obviously it's not.
"You saw it tonight, you saw it last night. It's good - the challenge is there and I rise up to it."
Snyders' time wasn't far off his personal best and national record of 59.78 set at the 2012 London Olympics.
"Any time you can go under the minute you're happy with it," the 27-year-old said.
"I think it's the fourth time I've been under the minute mark and I'll try and replicate that in the final tomorrow night."
Kiwi backstroker Corey Main was sixth in the men's 100m backstroke final.
The US-based Main recorded a time of 54.40, 1.28s behind winner Chris Walker-Hebborn of England, who set a new Commonwealth Games record.
Main had qualified fourth-fastest for the final with a PB of 54.28 the previous day.
Meanwhile, an emotional Matthew Stanley took some solace from his seventh-place finish in the final of the men's 200m freestyle in 1:48.11.
He couldn't keep pace with most of the rest of the field in a final won by Australia's Thomas-Fraser Holmes in 1:45.08.
Earlier in the day, the Matamata swimmer was third in his heat in 1:47.16, just .03s off his own national record to qualify him as the fifth-fastest finalist at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
Stanley said he struggled to back up that effort.
"It was a little bit hard - I was a little bit tight tonight."
"And while I'm not happy with the result - I would have liked to have done a little bit better - I'm still happy overall with how today went."
Stanley had hopes of a medal in the 400m freestyle on opening night but failed to qualify for the final when well off his best.
"Yesterday was probably the hardest day of my sporting career so far.
"It was a really tough result to swallow, but I picked it up really well this morning and I was really stoked about that."
He will finish his competition at the Games when part of the NZ 4x200m freestyle relay team on Monday morning (NZ time).
"We've got a really strong team in that and I think if all the guys do the best they can on the day that we can be well-placed for a medal."
Main and Stanley finished busy days by being part of the NZ men's 4x100m freestyle relay team along with Ewan Jackson and Steven Kent that was seventh in their final won by Australia.
Cambridge teenager Nikita Howarth was fifth in the para-swim 100m freestyle S8 final in 1:19.36 after having to move up in class to compete and will contest the final tonight (local time).