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Oly-bound swimmer Ashby wins in Brisbane

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/07/2016

New Zealand swimmer Bradlee Ashby has tuned up for his debut Olympics with a title at the Australian Grand Prix meet in Brisbane.

Ashby, 20, won the men's 200-metre individual medley on the final night of the two-day event, which was designed as a hit-out for the Australian team ahead of the Rio Games in August.

He finished in two minutes 01.89 seconds, a time that was two seconds outside his national record but was impressive given that it came on the back of a hard training load.

Ashby was comfortably ahead of Australian Travis Mahoney, who will contest the 400m individual medley in Rio.

Fellow New Zealander Lauren Boyle, who was having her first competitive outing in three months at the meet, was second in the women's 400m freestyle behind Australian Jessica Ashwood, clocking 4:09.43.

Boyle, who has trained through the meet, reeled off 31s laps after her opening 29s effort, which pleased her New Zealand-based coach, Graeme Laing, after an equally solid effort over the 800m on Friday.

"Lauren swam well in Brisbane in full workload," Laing said.

"She has been training very hard and we're on track for Rio and will be ready once she tapers down and rests up."

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