New Zealand's Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lauren Boyle has set a new 1500m world record after blitzing to victory at the Wellington Winter Swimming Championships.
Boyle, preparing for this month's Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast, finished in 15:22.68 to take more than four seconds off the previous record set by Spain's Mareia Belmonte Garcia late last year.
The 26-year-old, who won gold and silver medals in Glasgow, went through the 800m mark in 8:08.05.
She will contest the 1500m freestyle on the final day of the Pan Pacific Championships where she will go up against a strong field including American teenager Katie Ledecky who recently broke the long course world record over the distance in 15:34.23.
Her record will be subject to ratification by the world body FINA following a mandatory doping test and an official survey of the pool at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.