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Kiwi swimmer Hunter smashes NZ record

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/10/2016

Daniel Hunter has smashed a New Zealand 100m freestyle short course record in finishing second at a World Cup series meet in Hong Kong.

The Auckland swimmer was pipped for victory by Japan's Shinri Shioura in a touch finish, clocking a time of 47.30 seconds.

It was significantly quicker than his own previous national mark of 47.52sec set at the national championships four weeks ago.

The 22-year-old, who missed qualifying for the Olympics by 0.04sec, went on to finish seventh in the 50m freestyle final, narrowly outside his national record pace.

Hunter has also impressed at World Cup meets in Singapore and Tokyo.

He will train in Florida with Kiwi swimmer Corey Main before the pair contest the short course world championships in Canada in December.

In other results in Hong Kong - the ninth and final leg of the World Cup series - Rio Olympian Emma Robinson was fourth in the 400m freestyle while Bobbi Gichard was 12th in the 50m backstroke.

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