Commonwealth Games: Boyle misses out on medal

New Zealand freestyle swimmer Lauren Boyle. Photo / Getty Images
New Zealand freestyle swimmer Lauren Boyle. Photo / Getty Images

Lauren Boyle missed out on a medal in the 200m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games this morning.

Boyle finished fourth behind Australia's Emma McKeon, England's Siobhan O'Connor and Australia's Bronte Barratt, who took gold, silver and bronze respectively.

Boyle went into the final with the third best time in qualifying but couldn't stay with the leaders.

"I'm pretty happy. I wasn't ranked anywhere near a medal coming in, so coming fourth is good," Boyle told Sky Sport.

"I'm really happy to have a good 200m to start the meet off.

"I didn't really know what to expect coming in, so it's good to have some speed there."

Boyle, the oldest swimmer in the 200m field, will now look to her favoured 400m and 800m events to bag medals.

It was in those events that Boyle claimed bronze in the worlds at Barcelona last year.

Meanwhile, Corey Main qualified for the final of the 100m backstroke after finishing second in his semi. Samantha Lee was unable to qualify for the final of the 100m butterfly, after finishing sixth in her semi.

The relay quartet of Samantha Lucie-Smith, Laura Quilter, Samantha Lee, and Ellen Quirke were unable to medal in the 4 x 100 freestyle final, finishing fourth. It was a fast race, with the Australian quartet posting a world record time.

The relay result was New Zealand's third fourth-place finish of the morning.

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