Drained Lauren Boyle wary of an ambush

23:59, Jul 28 2014
Glenn Snyders
New Zealand's Glenn Snyders on his way to finishing fourth in the men's 50m breaststroke final.
Lauren Boyle
New Zealand's Lauren Boyle in action during the women's 800m freestyle final.
Lauren Boyle
Lauren Boyle reacts after her silver medal-winnimg swim in the women's 800m freestyle final.
Lauren Boyle
Lauren Boyle shows off her silver medal alongside Wales’ Jazmin Carlin and Canada’s Brittany Maclean.
Joelle King
New Zealand's Joelle King playing in the bronze medal match against England's Alison Waters in Scotstoun, Glasgow.
Joelle King
Bronze medallist Joelle King stretches for the ball.
Jacko Gill
New Zealander Jacko Gill competes in the final of the men's shot put.
Julia Ratcliffe
Julia Ratcliffe celebrates winning a silver medal in the women's hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games.
Tom Walsh
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh poses with his silver medal from the men's shot put.
Tom Walsh
New Zealand’s Brent Newdick competes in the men's 400m decathlon.
Julia Ratcliffe
Julia Ratcliffe, left, shows off her silver medal in the women's hammer throw alongside Canada’s Sultana Frizell and England’s Sophie Hitchon.
Tom Walsh
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh competes in the final of the men's shot put.
Richard Patterson
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson competes in the mens 85kg weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium during day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Richard Patterson
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson attempts a lift during the men’s 85kg weightlifting event.
Richard Patterson
Richard Patterson reacts after winning the gold medal at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
Sally Johnston
Sally Johnston celebrates her Commonwealth Games gold medal in the the women's 50m rifle prone with her proud parents Jenny and Ken.
Sally Johnston
Hutt Valley shooter Sally Johnston won a Commonwealth Games gold 16 years after winning bronze in the same event, the women's 50m rifle prone.
Sally Johnston
Kiwi Sally Johnston on top of the medal dais for the women's 50m rifle prone next to silver medallist, South Africa's Esmari van Reenan, left, and Scotland's Jen McIntosh, the bronze medal winner.
Julia Ratcliffe
New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe competes in the women's hammer final at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
Julia Ratcliffe
Julia Ratcliffe on her way to winning a sliver medal in the women's hammer final.

Drained from a war just waged, Lauren Boyle is now wary of an ambush.

New Zealand's premier swimmer claimed silver in the women's 800 metre freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this morning (NZT).

Boyle was worn down over the last 150 metres of an enthralling battle with Jazmin Carlin of Wales after the pair had gone stroke-for-stroke for the majority of the race.

Lauren Boyle
SO CLOSE: Kiwi swimmer Lauren Boyle reacts after finishing second in the women's 800m freestyle final in Glasgow.

Carlin grabbed gold in eight minutes 18.11 seconds, 2.48s quicker than Boyle with Canada's Brittany Maclean close up third in 8:20.91.

Now Boyle has to face the challenge of recovering from the longest distance race on the women's programme while trying to reverse the result against Carlin in the 400m freestyle on the final day of the swim programme at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

But while Carlin and Maclean should be tough rivals again, it's others Boyle is looking over her shoulder at.


"There's going to be other swimmers who haven't swum the 800 tonight," Boyle said following her medal ceremony.

"So it's going to be pretty rough in the morning - I really need to go and warm down and prepare for that now.

"It's quite a challenging schedule here - they never usually put the 400 straight after an 800 final, so we'll see."

Among those looking to take advantage of the packed programme will be Australians Bronte Barratt and Remy Fairweather, and England's Aimee Willmott, who won silver in the 200m fly last night.

Boyle said she was happy with her swim after a difficult build-up.

"It was really hard waiting all week for my event while watching everyone and all the competitions and kind of just sitting there waiting.

"But I'm so happy to have a medal at the Commonwealth Games individually; I've never done that before. I feel proud to do it for New Zealand.

"I knew it was going to be a pretty tight race - she's [Carlin's] been swimming really fast all year so I knew she'd be really strong tonight.

"I think when we swim 800s and we're all pretty even throughout, you know it's going to be a battle throughout so it was a sprint at the end."

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.

Glenn Snyders was the third Kiwi scheduled in a final on the penultimate day of swimming in Glasgow and he came agonisingly close to giving the Kiwis the third medal of the meet.

The 27-year-old was fifth in the men's 50m breaststroke in 27.53 seconds; just 0.07s off the bronze medal time of Australia's Christian Sprenger.