Lauren Boyle returned to the pool in winning fashion with victory in the 800m freestyle at the FINA World Cup in Paris.

The double world championship silver medallist returned from a week off to win the 800m freestyle and finish a close second in the 400m freestyle event at the two-day meet at the Paris-Chartres complex.

Boyle took over by the 200m mark in the final of the 800m freestyle and produced her typically consistent laps to push clear, winning in 8:26.46.

She finished well clear of China's Li Bingjie (8:30.09) and American Lindsay Vrooman (8:30.16), the World University Games gold medallist.


The Kiwi had earlier qualified for the final of the 200m freestyle. Boyle returned on the second day to top qualifiers in the 400m freestyle in 4:14.20. In the final she caught the early leader Li by the midway mark but was immediately challenged by Vrooman who managed to edge out the New Zealander in the final sprint home. The American prevailed in 4:07.16 to the 4:07.80 to Boyle.

She now returns to New Zealand for a break before returning to training early next month.