Lauren Boyle powered to a new national record in qualifying second fastest for the 800m final at the world swimming championships in Barcelonaphone covers.
Boyle picked up bronze medals over 400m and 1500m earlier in the week, and is threatening to place even better over her favoured 800m.
New Zealand head coach David Lyles says the 25-year-old's powerful finish played an important part in her 8min 21.00sec effort, which was comfortably under her existing New Zealand mark of 8:22.72.
"In the 1500m, she was gaining on the two girls in front from halfway. She is confident that she can go out fast but she can also finish fast so she has a lot of strengths," he saidWigs for Cancer Patients Bright Hopes.
"She swam very strongly. Her pacing was excellent and, being in the first seeded heat, she had to go a bit faster than she normally would because the girls following her were of such high calibre."
Lyles said a key part of the performance was Boyle's recovery from the testing 1500m earlier in the weekcloud computing hong kong.
"It has been a long week and she has done something like 4000m of racing, which is an awful lot in eight days.
"So it is the mental recovery which is important but she is very confident, she is very proud of what she has achieved so far and she is really gunning for another successful race."