Hard work needed be­fore worlds

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Mata­mata-born Matthew Stan­ley has qual­i­fied for the world swim­ming cham­pi­onships af­ter com­ing sec­ond in the 400m freestyle at the swim­ming na­tion­als.

The Aus­tralian-based swim­mer came sec­ond to New Zealand-based Michael Dai from China.

Dai’s time was 3:50.64. Stan­ley’s was 3:50.73.

This was 15/100ths of a sec­ond un­der the world cham­pi­onship mark.

Although Stan­ley won the 200m freestyle fi­nal, his time meant he will not qual­ify this sec­tion.

His time was 1: 48.39, just 2/100ths of a sec­ond out­side the FINA A time.

He had also wanted to qual­ify for the men’s 4x200m freestyle re­lay, but un­for­tu­nately did not, which had the swim­mer kick­ing him­self a bit.

‘‘I should have gone out harder and re­ally wanted to drag the rest of the field through for that re­lay,’’ Stan­ley said.

He ad­mits he has a lot of hard

for the worlds in work ahead of him in prepa­ra­tion for the world cham­pi­onships.

He was sec­ond in the 200m back­stroke. His time of 2:01.46 wasn’t un­der qual­i­fy­ing time, but no-one was able to swim un­der it.

The four-day New Zealand Open Cham­pi­onships was held from April 14 to 17 at the West Wave Aquatic Cen­tre in Hen­der­son.

Stan­ley will now be train­ing for the FINA world cham­pi­onships, in Kazan, Rus­sia in early Au­gust.

This is the step­ping stone to the Rio Olympics.


Matthew Stan­ley in ac­tion at the New Zealand Open Cham­pi­onships.

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