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The start of something extraordinary


All three Kiwi swimmers were in action on the final pool day of the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo Japan.

Ali Galyer qualified for the women's 200m backstroke A-final after posting a heat time of 2:10.11s. With the Pan Pacific rules of only allowing for two athletes from each country to be eligible for a finals spot, Galyer was elevated into the A-final.

Galyer finished 8th in a time of 2:10.26s.

The gold medal was won by American Kathleen Baker 2:06.14s, a new championship record. Canadian Taylor Ruck was second (2:06.41s), and Regan Smith (USA) setting a new World Junior Record in 2:06.46s.

Daniel Hunter improved on his heat time (22.51s) to finish 7th in the A-final men’s 50m Freestyle in 22.39s. The time was only  0.08s off his personal best and New Zealand record.

Michael Andrew (USA) blitzed the field with a winning time of 21.46s followed by team mate Caeleb Dressel (USA) in 21.93s. Yuri Kisil (CAN) was third in 22.02s.

Lewis Clareburt set a new personal best of 2:01.10s in the B-final men’s 200m backstroke. Clareburt shaved 0.44s off his previous best which was set at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

Ryan Murphy (USA) set a new championship record of 1:53.57 in winning the A-final. Ryosuke Irie (JPN) was second in 1:55.12s and Austin Katz (USA) third in 1:56.00s.

That wraps up the pool competition with the focus now turning to Matt Scott and Charlotte Webby who will compete in the 10km open water events tomorrow.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kiyoshi Ota