Lauren Boyle takes silver in freestyle final

23:35, Jul 28 2014
Lauren Boyle
SILVER SENSATION: Lauren Boyle claimed silver in the final of the women's 800 metres freestyle event.

Lauren Boyle claimed silver in the final of the women's 800 metres freestyle event in Glasgow this morning (NZ time) after one of the most dramatic races of the Commonwealth Games.

The 26-year-old went head-to-head for 650 metres of the final against eventual winner Jazmin Carlin of Wales until Carlin edged away from her rival.

Carlin's winning time of eight minutes 18.11 seconds was 2.28sec quicker than Boyle, with Canada's Brittany Maclean a close-up third in 8:20.91.

Lauren Boyle
SILVER SENSATION: Lauren Boyle claimed silver in the final of the women's 800 metres freestyle event.

It was New Zealand's second swimming medal in Glasgow, following on from Sophie Pascoe's victory in the 100m breaststroke SB9 final the previous day.

Nothing separated Carlin and Boyle for the first two-thirds of the race - Carlin was just 0.03sec ahead at the midway stage, while Boyle led by 0.01sec with 300m to swim.

Carlin, Boyle and Maclean will meet again in the 400m tomorrow on the final day of the swimming programme, along with Australia's Bronte Barratt.

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Kiwi backstroker Corey Main was fourth in the 200m backstroke final at the Commonwealth Games.

Main, who finished sixth in the 100m final earlier in the meet, led over the first half of the race but couldn't hold on to a podium place over the last 50 metres.

He was the third-fastest qualifier in his heat earlier this morning (local time).

Glenn Snyders was the third Kiwi scheduled to contest a final later on day five in the 50m breaststroke.

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