Lauren Boyle - World Championship Silver Medalist 1500m.
Lauren Boyle overnight swum into the history books with a NZ record breaking time to take World Championship silver medal in Kazan, Russia.
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"New Zealand's star of the pool Lauren Boyle has swum herself into New Zealand swimming history with a silver medal at the world championships in Russia.
Boyle finished second behind world record-setting Katie Ledecky (US) in the 1500m freestyle final.
Her fourth medal at this level eclipses the three world championship medals won by double Olympic champion Danyon Loader.
It is only the ninth medal New Zealand has won at the world championships since 1978.
In doing so Boyle smashed her own New Zealand record, clocking a stunning 15:40:14 to take nearly five seconds off her previous record set at the last world championships in Barcelona in 2013.
Boyle, 27, was delighted with a new personal best, as she works towards next year's Rio Olympics.
"Honestly that is the thing I am most proud of," Boyle said. "I think for me improving my time to be better than I have been in the past is the most positive thing and I am so happy to go with a personal best time. That is really exciting.
"I didn't really know what to expect when I was going into race mode. I knew that if I wanted to have any chance I had to go out with a really fast pace. And I think I got into a pretty good rhythm
"I get two full days off now before the 800m which is good. Definitely it should be good. You never quite know what will happen but I am really happy with that swim tonight and it shows I have some really good fitness."
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