Stanley makes strong start at world champs

Last updated 10:33 13/12/2012
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GOOD SHOW: Matthew Stanley bettered his PB in the 200m freestyle twice at the world short course championships.

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New Zealand swimmer Matthew Stanley has finished sixth in his first world championship final in Turkey today.

The 20-year-old clocked 1:44.55 in the 200m freestyle, won by Olympic and world champion Ryan Lochte of the Unites States, on the opening night of the short course championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul.

Stanley was fourth fastest in qualifying with a personal best 1:44.13 in the morning heat.

London Olympian Stanley was the only New Zealand swimmer to qualify for the finals on the first day, twice going under the 1:45 barrier for the first time in his career.

His previous best was 1:45.02 set at a world cup leg in Singapore recently.

Lochte clocked a championship record 1:41.92 after topping the morning heats.

Earlier Ewan Jackson was off his best to be 31st fastest in the 200m freestyle heats, while his Howick Pakuranga clubmate Corey Main was also outside his entry time to be 26th fastest in heats of the 100m backstroke.

North Shore's Melissa Ingram was 21st fastest in the heats of the 100m backstroke in 59.36, with a solid second half of the race as she prepares for her favoured 200m backstroke.

Two New Zealanders are in action tomorrow led by Lauren Boyle in the 800m freestyle and Christchurch's Cameron Simpson in the 50m freestyle.

Olympic star Lochte also won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay as the United States dominated the first day of competition.

Lochte and teammates Anthony Ervin, James Feigen and Matt Grevers finished in 3:06.40. The Italians, who were fastest in the heats, won silver in 3:07.07, followed by Australia in a time of 3:07.27.

Lochte won six gold medals and one silver when Dubai hosted the short-course championships in 2010. He won five medals at the London Olympics, including two golds.

In women's competition, the US team of Megan Romano, Chelsea Chenault, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt won the 4x200 freestyle relay in 7:39.25. Russia was second in 7:42.77. China, the defending champion, was third in 7:43.26.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.20, a new championships record. Less than 15 minutes after receiving her medal, she was back in the pool for the 400 individual medley and won bronze in 4:25.95. Winner Hannah Miley of Britain set a championship record of 4:23.14 and China's Shiwen Ye won silver in 4:23.33.

- Fairfax NZ and AP

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