Records smashed

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Mata­mata swim­mer Matthew Stan­ley has rewrit­ten the record books for a sec­ond straight night at the na­tional swim­ming cham­pi­onships in Auck­land.

Stan­ley, who swims un­der coach Scott Tal­bot at the High Per­for­mance Cen­tre, beat the great Danyon Loader’s na­tional record for the sec­ond time in win­ning the 200m freestyle and go un­der the qual­i­fy­ing time for the London Olympics at the West Wave Aquatic Cen­tre in Hen­der­son.

Stan­ley capped a su­perb open­ing night at the cham­pi­onships when he took more than three sec­onds off his pre­vi­ous best to go un­der the qual­i­fy­ing time for the London Olympics in the 400m freestyle, and break a na­tional record Loader had held for 16 years.

The 20 year old pro­duced a su­perb back half of his 400m freestyle to clock 3min 47.67sec, more than a sec­ond in­side the qual­i­fy­ing time for London.

It also bet­tered the New Zealand record of 3min 47.97sec, set by Loader when he won the gold medal Olympics.

The link be­tween Stan­ley, now coached by Scott Tal­bot, and



At­lanta Loader is deeper, be­cause he was coached in Mata­mata by Graeme Laing, son of the late Dun­can Laing, who coached Loader in his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

‘‘It means a lot to me to get this record,’’ Stan­ley said.

‘‘It is also re­ally good for the com­mu­nity of Mata­mata. Of course un­til I can win those gold medals I’m not be­gin­ning to touch Danyon.

‘‘ He’s been an in­spi­ra­tion to me. My time was within the realms of what we thought was pos­si­ble but this is out of this world.’’

Matt Stan­ley

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