Rio 2016: New Zealand Swimming Athletes

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Lauren Boyle of New Zealand will be determined to gain a medal at this year's Olympic Games. Photo: Supplied
Lauren Boyle of New Zealand will be determined to gain a medal at this year's Olympic Games. Photo: Supplied

Newsbeat journalist Braeden Leggett gives a rundown on the swimming athletes and what key names to look out for in the Rio Olympics 2016.

Listen to some of his audio commentary below:

Swimming:

Bradlee Ashby (2oom individual medley)
Matthew Hutchins (400m freestyle)
Corey Main (100m backstroke)
Kane Radford (10km open water)
Glenn Snyders (100m breaststroke)
Matthew Stanley (200m/400m freestyle)

Lauren Boyle (400m/800m freestyle)
Helena Gasson (100m butterfly)
Emma Robinson (800m freestyle)

Diving:

Elizabeth Cui (3m springboard)

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Matthew Stanley preparing for his second Olympic Games. Photo: Olympic.org.nz

Comment:

Swimming has always been one of the most competitive Olympian sports and can be extremely hard to gain a medal due to the high number of athletes competing. Five of the eight swimmers will be swimming in their first Olympics. Corey Main came forth in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

One of the debut swimmers, Corey Main, came forth in the 200-metre backstroke at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. However, he will be competing in the 100-metre backstroke this year.

Experienced swimmer Glenn Snyders will be entering his third Olympics with a silver medal under his belt from the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. The 29-year old will be a mentor towards the new athletes heading into the event.

Female New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle is the country’s best hope of claiming some silverware in this year’s Olympics. She has a collection of a gold medal, two silvers, and one bronze across three Commonwealth Games. I believe that there is potential for her to do very well and show the world her skills.

Our only Olympic diver heading to Rio is Elizabeth Cui, who is only 18-years-old. The Olympic rookie is a five-time national champion and currently holds the national record. Interestingly, the last diver who represented New Zealand at the Games was 24 years ago. Lizzie can hopefully bring a brilliant resurgence into the sport of diving for New Zealand.

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Glenn Snyders will bring experience to the Olympic Games. Photo: Olympic.org.nz

Who to look out for:

  • Lauren Boyle: New Zealand’s best hope for a medal. She is very entertaining to watch and is a fast, consistent swimmer.
  • Glenn Snyders: His past experience could help deliver a very strong performance.
  • Matthew Hutchins: One of the rookies, could be a surprise.
  • Elizabeth Cui: Hopefully she can fulfil her dream for her family. Keep an eye on this girl.
  • Michael Phelps: Arguably the best Olympian ever. Do not miss him.
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