New Zealand swimmer Melissa Ingram took out the women's 200m
backstroke on the first day of the FINA World Cup in Tokyo
Matthew Stanley was second in the 400m freestyle and Glenn
Snyders finished third in the 50m breaststroke.
Toyko is the seventh of eight stops on the FINA Arena World
Cup circuit around the globe with the final stop in Singapore
at the weekend.
Ingram, 27, won her fourth final of the series after a stern
battle with fellow Olympian Marie Kamimura (Japan), winning
in 2:05.39. She led the whole way but by the slimmest of
margins, just 1/100th of a second in front at the 150m mark
before holding off the Japanese over the final 50m.
Stanley, 20, resumed his battle with American Michael Klueh
in the 400m freestyle, after the New Zealander pipped him in
the last round in Beijing.
He again started conservatively to be sixth after the 100m
before working his way to third at the 350m mark. Stanley
pushed into second but could not pip Klueh, finishing second
Snyders, who has four wins to his credit in the series, had
to settle for third in the 50m breaststroke, won by Olympic
medallist Christian Sprenger (Australia). It was a superb
battle with Sprenger, Japan's Yuuki Okajima and Snyders, with
25/100ths of a second separating the trip, which sets up for
a superb battle in the 100m on the second day.
In other racing North Shore's Mitchell Donaldson was 15th in
heats of the 400m individual medley and Taranaki's Dylan
Dunlop-Barrett 26th in heats of the 400m freestyle in
Day 1 results
50m breaststroke: Christian Sprenger (AUS) 26.62, 1; Yuuki
Okajima (JPN) 26.70, 2; Glenn Snyders (NZL) 26.86, 3.
200m backstroke: Melissa Ingram (NZL) 2:05.39, 1; Marie
Kamimura (JPN) 2:05.98, 2; Jenny Mensing (GER) 2:06.95,
400m freestyle: Michael Klueh (USA) 3:40.23, 1; Matthew
Stanley (NZL) 3:42.21, 2; Naito Ehara (JPN) 3:43.30, 3.