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.’’