The Press

Stanley sharp

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A fit and healthy Matthew Stanley has a fresh spring in his step ahead of the pool competitio­n that starts at the 17th FINA World Championsh­ips in Hungary tomorrow. Stanley lines-up in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team on the first day in Budapest alongside Corey Main and newcomers Daniel Hunter and Sam Perry. After his record-breaking efforts over the 200m and 400m freestyle in 2014, the Waikato swimmer has had his performanc­es compromise­d by ill-health or injury, including at last year’s Rio Olympics. While still just 24, Stanley heads into his fourth biennial world championsh­ips with a renewed confidence. Also competing on the opening day is Rio Olympian Helena Gasson in the 200m individual medley where she hopes for a personal best to close in on the national record.

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