Stan­ley has top swim at cup meet

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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