Stanley has top swim at cup meet
Twenty-year-old Olympian Matthew Stanley began his FINA World Cup campaign in fine style with victory in the 400m freestyle in Beijing.
Stanley was part of a strong New Zealand performance on the first night of the Asian leg of the series, with victory to Glenn Snyders in the 50m breaststroke and a silver medal to Melissa Ingram in the 200m backstroke.
Stanley’s winning time of 3:40.74 was 34/100ths of a second off Danyon Loader’s national record that has stood for 17 years.
The Matamata swimmer, coached by Scott Talbot, was third through the opening 100m, but hit the front by the halfway mark and was not seriously threatened, beating home American Michael Klueh by a second.
The meet concluded on Sunday before moving to Tokyo and then Singapore to complete the FINA Arena World Cup circuit.