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Kiwi Lauren Boyle's chance to reverse ledger

IAN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2014
Lauren Boyle
ROBERT KITCHIN/Fairfax NZ
SO CLOSE: Kiwi swimmer Lauren Boyle reacts after finishing second in the women's 800m freestyle final in Glasgow.

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Lauren Boyle can tinkle out a tidy tune on the piano, but she may not be a big Jazz fan.

The Kiwi swimmer had to play second fiddle to Welsh star Jazz Carlin in the women's 800m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow yesterday.

Rated as one of New Zealand's best gold medal chances at the Games, the 26-year-old instead took silver in a time (8:20.59) just a few seconds behind her personal best after a pitched battle with Carlin for most of the race.

That left the triple-bronze medallist from last year's world champs with this morning's (wed am NZ time) 400m final to seek revenge.

In a duel that had the capacity Tollcross crowd roaring, Boyle and Carlin swam as if tethered together for the first 600 metres.

Carlin was just .03 seconds ahead at the midway stage, while Boyle led by 0.01s with 300m to swim.

The Kiwi looked to be gaining the upper hand with 200 left but Carlin pulled ahead on the next lap and Boyle had to fight hard to hold Canada's Brittany Maclean at bay.

Still seeking a notable gold at a major long-course meet, 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.

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

The teenager 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.

Glenn Snyders came agonisingly close to giving the Kiwis their third medal of the meet, after Sophie Pascoe won gold on Monday morning (NZ time).

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.

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