Record-breaking Synders into semi-final
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:53p.m.
Kiwi swimmer Glenn Snyders is into Tuesday night's semi-final of the 200m breaststroke at the London Olympics after breaking his own national record to qualify 10th fastest.
The 25-year-old Aucklander was fourth in his heat at the Aquatics Centre in 2 minutes 10.55 seconds, shaving 0.30s off his New Zealand mark set last year.
Snyders was second to touch through the first quarter before fading to fifth heading into the final 50m but powered home to book his place in the last 16.
His heat was the fastest on Tuesday morning which helped him better the time he set at the World University Games in China in 2011.
It was his second new national record at the Olympics after he broke his own mark in the 100m event earlier in the week.
Hungary's Daniel Gyurta will take the fastest time into the semis after posting 2:08.71.
The men's 4x200m freestyle relay team of Matthew Stanley, Steven Kent, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Andrew McMillan shattered the national record to record 7:17.18.
With Stanley putting them in third after a strong first leg they managed to wipe more than four seconds off the mark of 7.21.67 set at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria in Canada.
But their time was not enough to qualify for the final, finishing 15th overall.
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