Drained Lauren Boyle wary of an ambush

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 10:35 29/07/2014
Lauren Boyle
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SO CLOSE: Kiwi swimmer Lauren Boyle reacts after finishing second in the women's 800m freestyle final in Glasgow.
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Richard Patterson reacts after winning the gold medal at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.

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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.

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.

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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.

- Stuff

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