Lauren Boyle secures another medal chance

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 14:34 23/08/2014

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Lauren Boyle has secured another shot at a medal after a wet and wild third morning of heats at the Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast.

The unseasonably wet and cold conditions worsened this morning to provide a tough test at the refurbished outdoor facility at Southport as southerly winds whipped through the region.

Boyle, who has already won 800m freestyle silver, was sixth fastest in today's heats of the 400m freestyle, posting 4:08.64.

The in-form Aucklander will contest the "A" final tonight and renew the battle with 800m winner, American teen sensation Katie Ledecky, who led all qualifiers in 4:03.09.

Elsewhere, Corey Main clocked 1:59.85 to sneak the final spot in the men's 200m backstroke final. Main was actually 10th fastest overall but each nation is allowed only two swimmers in a final.

However, Matt Stanley, who produced a New Zealand record in the lead leg of the 4x200m freestyle last night, could not replicate that form in the 400m freestyle heats this morning.

His 3:53.33 qualified him for the "B" final with compatriot Dylan Dunlop-Barratt (3:54.05).

Emma Robinson and fellow Wellingtonian Samantha Lucie-Smith also had to settle for just the "B" final in the 400m freestyle, while Samantha Lee and Laura Quilter qualified for the "B" final of the 100m butterfly.

The quadrennial Pan Pacific Championships is a five-day meet with full-strength teams from USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, the rest of the Pacific and other non-European nations.

Racing continues tonight.

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