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New Zealand Olympian pulls out of world swim champs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016
Image of New Zealand swimmer, Corey Main, at Rio Olympics 2016. © DOMINIC EBENBICHLER / REUTERS Image of New Zealand swimmer, Corey Main, at Rio Olympics 2016.

Rio Olympian Corey Main has pulled out of the short course world championships in Canada, reducing New Zealand to two representatives.

Backstroker Main's withdrawal for personal reasons leaves freestyle specialists Daniel Hunter and Michael Mincham to compete at the six-day championships starting in Windsor, Ontario on Tuesday.

Hunter will contest his first major international meet after narrowly missing selection for Rio.

The 22-year-old has since impressed at the New Zealand short course championships and at World Cup meets in Asia, where he lowered national records over 50m, 100m and 200m. He claimed a 100m silver medal in Hong Kong.

Fellow-Aucklander Mincham, 20, is a 1500m specialist.

National head coach Jerry Olszewski says this week's experience will be invaluable for the pair, who he rates as "prime candidates" for selection to next year's world championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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