9 Nov 2015

Boyle makes it four from four in Swimming World Cup

8:22 am on 9 November 2015

New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle has won a second gold medal at the year's final FINA World Cup in Dubai with victory in the 400m freestyle.

New Zealand's top swimmer Lauren Boyle.

New Zealand's top swimmer Lauren Boyle. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Boyle won yesterday's 800m freestyle gold, to repeat the double from the previous World Cup in Doha.

The result gives Boyle a clean sweep of the distance freestyle titles in Dubai and gives her four wins from four events at the two World Cups she's raced in.

The New Zealander saved arguably her best until last, dominating the field to win the 400m freestyle in 4:04.26 seconds, which is only 0.6s outside her own national record set at the London Olympic Games and three seconds inside the qualifying mark for the Rio Olympics.

Boyle was in front at the 100m mark, one second clear midway, pushing out to 2.5 seconds buffer at 300m and going on to win ahead of Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Great Britain's Jaz Carlin in the fastest women's 400m freestyle time of the series.

Howick Pakuranga sprinter Daniel Hunter was the other New Zealander to qualify for a final on the final night, finishing fifth in the 50m freestyle.

Hunter clocked a slick 22.58s which was 21/100ths of a second outside the New Zealand record and 37/100ths of a second from the Rio Olympic qualifying mark.

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