Swimming: Boyle wins 800m at world champs

New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle has won gold in the final of the 800m freestyle on the second day of the world short course championships in Turkey this morning.

Boyle trailed world champion Lotte Friis from Denmark until the midway mark, before dominating the final 400m against a world-class field. She won in 8:08.82, an improvement of seven seconds on her previous best.

She is just the second New Zealand swimmer to win gold at the world short course championships, following on from Moss Burmester in 2008.

The 25-year-old, coached by Mark Regan, provisionally broke the New Zealand 400m record on her way to her victory and was only 0.4s outside the championship record.

Friis was second ahead of American champion Chloe Sutton.

Boyle was fourth in the 800m at the London Olympics.