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Hunter sets new national record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/10/2016

Auckland swimmer Daniel Hunter has won the 100m freestyle in record-breaking style on the final night of the New Zealand short course championships.

The 22-year-old clocked 47.52 seconds, half a second inside the qualifying mark for the December world short course championships in Canada, and also 0.09sec faster than his own national record.

He had posted qualifying times in the 50m and 200m freestyle earlier in the week-long national short-course championships in Auckland.

Hunter is planning a major campaign in the lead-up to his first world championships, competing in World Cup meets in Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong before a final training stint with Rio Olympian Main and his brother Bayley at the University of Florida.

Auckland's Michael Mincham also qualified for the world short course championships, producing an impressive solo effort to take out the 1500m freestyle.

Mincham's time of 14 minutes 55.94 seconds was 13sec under the qualifying standard.

Hunter and Mincham will be joined in the team for the world championships by backstroker Corey Main, who qualified through his performances in making the 100m and 200m semifinals at the Rio Olympics.

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