Corey Main makes world champs final

Corey Main of New Zealand in the Men’s 100m backstroke heats during the FINA World Aquatics Championships 2017 from the Duna Arena, Budapest on Monday 24 July 2017. Photo Rob Hardie – Touchline Images

Former Macleans College student Corey Main has qualified for the men’s 100m backstroke final at the world championships in Budapest.

He was the only New Zealand swimmer to make a final.

The 22-year-old recorded a personal best of 53.76 seconds in the semi-final to qualify as the eighth fastest on Tuesday NZ – beating his earlier time of 53.97 seconds.

It’s the first time he’s qualified for a final at a major meet since bowing out in the semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Olympic silver medallist Xu Jiayu was the fastest qualifier with a time of 52.44 seconds.

The final will be held on Wednesday NZT.