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The start of something extraordinary

Ingram, Snyders on podium in opening World Cup swimming

Olympian Melissa Ingram began her international campaign with a silver medal at the opening day of the FINA World Cup in Dubai.

Ingram finished second in the women’s 200m backstroke in 2:05.22 and in doing so the North Shore swimmer was two seconds under the qualifying time for December’s World Short Course Championships.

The 27 year old led for all but the last 15m in the final before she was edged out by Ukraine’s Darya Zevina but produced a strong performance in her first-up swim in the series which includes eight rounds in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Her fellow North Shore clubmate Glenn Snyders claimed his first podium of the series with third place in the final of the 50m breaststroke.

He was fourth fastest in qualifying and went one place better in the final in 27.03 which was only 18/100th of a second outside his national record.

Snyders was also seventh in the final of the 200m breaststroke in 2:10.38.

Of the other New Zealanders Australian-based Christchurch swimmer Cameron Simpson was eighth in the final of the 100m freestyle in 48.85s, while Michael Jack (Taranaki) was 10th in the 400m freestyle in 3:54.35.

The second night of the opening round is tomorrow with the second round in Doha at the weekend.

Day 1 results:

Women 200m backstroke: Darya Zevina (UKR) 2:05.01, 1; Melissa Ingram (NZL) 2:05.22, 2 (World Championship qualifying); Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:07.67, 3.

Men 50m breaststroke: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 26.64, 1; Guillo Zorzi (RSA_ 26.91, 2; Glenn Snyders (NZL) 27.04, 3.

Men 200m breaststroke: Marco Koch (GERO 2:05.26, 1; Daiya Seto (JPN) 2:05.72, 2; Sean Mahoney (USA) 2:05.96, 3. Also: Glenn Snyders (NZL) 2:10.38, 7.

Men 100m freestyle: Kennth To (AUS) 46.89, 1; Anthony Ervin (USA) 47.04, 2; Roland Schoeman (RSA) 47.24, 3. Also: Cameron Simpson (NZL) 48.85, 8.