New Zealand's drought in the pool continues

IAN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW
Last updated 09:25 27/07/2014

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The rain came out in Glasgow, but New Zealand's dry spell in the pool continued.

While the leading swimming countries at the Commonwealth Games have set a blistering pace, the Kiwis have been unable to keep up.

There was some hope among the small contingent of silver fern-wearing fans at the Tollcross pool that it may be third time lucky for the NZ team on Saturday night in Scotland - midway through the six days of competition in the pool.

But the women's 4x200m freestyle relay team were shut out of the medals by Australia, Canada and England while Glenn Snyders was fifth in the men's 100m breaststroke final.

Lauren Boyle, Samantha Lucie-Smith, Samantha Lee and Emma Robinson improved on the team's heat time of 8:02.58 to finish fourth in 7:57.47, with Boyle replacing Tash Hind in the quartet from the morning session.

Boyle led off the Kiwis and recorded a sharp 1:57.74 to have them second behind Australia, but that was as good as it got for the girls in black.

Snyders again couldn't come up with a big swim in the final after impressing in earlier rounds.

The gold went to England's Adam Peaty in 58.94 seconds, with South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh gaining silver while 200m breaststroke gold medallist Ross Murdoch of Scotland claimed bronze.

The 27-year-old Kiwi raced out to be second with a split time of 27.99 behind only van der Burgh at the turn but faded over the latter stages to finish in 1:00.64. He had earlier qualified fourth-fastest for the final in 59.98, close to his personal best.

"That's just how it is," a dejected Snyders said soon after.

"It was always going to be quick - I gave it everything and just didn't quite have enough."

It was a similar story from the relay team.

"We all put a huge effort into it, and we all did better times than we did this morning," Lucie-Smith said.

"That's all we can ask for really."

Lee added: "I think we held on for as long as we could.

"They eventually got away from us and it gets hard as you're getting their wash."

New Zealand's hopes of finally climbing the podium in their togs and tracksuit now lie tomorrow with Sophie Pascoe in the para-swim women's 100m breaststroke SB9 event.

Boyle will contest the 800m freestyle heats tomorrow and is expected to push for gold in the final on Tuesday morning (NZ time), before finishing with the 400m freestyle.

"She's been training so well, so I think we're all excited to see what she can do," Lee said.

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