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Tokyo 2020 Swimming Daily Highlights


Men's 200 Individual Medley - Final

Lewis Clareburt swam in his second and last final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Lewis finished the final swim in 1:57.70 seconds, qualifying 8th overall for the final. That makes Lewis the 8th fastest in the World for both 200 and 400 Individual Medley swims.

Ranking 11th in the 200 IM before the competition, to climb up to 8th and competing in two Olympic finals is just outstanding. We can't wait to see what Lewis has for us in the future. It's safe to say he has made the whole f new Zealand as well as the swimming community, extremely proud.


Women's 800 Freestyle - Heat

Eve Thomas raced the Women's 800 Freestyle and won her heat. Eve got an incredible 6 seconds personal, finishing in 8:32.51 seconds. Placing 18th place overall. Who wouldn't be pleased with that?!⁠⁠
World Record holder Kate Ledecky from the US will go into the final as the fastest seed. Ledecky holds the WR and Olympic Record from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where she swam 8:04.79 seconds.

Women's 200 Backstroke - Heat

It was Ali Galyers last race in the Women's 200 Backstroke. Finishing in 2:15.16 seconds, Ali came 24th overall. ⁠⁠
Congratulations Ali for your first ever Olympic Games. It's been awesome to watch you race from New Zealand, you have made your country proud! Best wishes to you and the rest of the team as you spend your last days in Tokyo together.


Men's 200 Individual Medley - Semi-Final

Lewis Clareburt made another final at this years Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This time, in the Men's 200 Individual Medley.

An outstanding swim, Lewis swam 1:57.55 seconds, qualifying 7th overall for the final. 


Men's 200 Individual Medley - Heats

Lewis Clareburt has broken a New Zealand Open Record in the Men’s 200 Individual Medley, with a new personal best time of 1:57.27 seconds. His finish qualified for the semi-finals and placed him third overall! An incredible effort from Clareburt tonight, so proud!

Women's 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay

The Women’s 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay event had lots of energy in the pool from the sixteen top countries who qualified. Making up the team was Erika Fairweather, Carina Doyle, Eve Thomas and Ali Galyer. The team finished 12th overall with a time of 8:06.16. It was great to see our girls put in the team effort and make New Zealand proud.


Men's 800 Freestyle - Heats

Zac Reid swam his second and last race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and won his heat of the Men's 800 Freestyle event. Zac broke a New Zealand Open Record, finishing in 7:53.06 seconds. A new personal best and having broken his own previous record of 7:53.50.

It was the Men’s 800 Freestyle event’s recurrence to the Games for the first time in over a century, having last been held in 1904, so a pretty special race to swim! Zac came 18th overall. Extremely proud of you Zac, great swim!


Women's 200 Freestyle - Semi-Final

Placing 14th overall in the heats, qualified Erika into the Semi-Finals for the Women’s 200 Freestyle. Finishing the event in 1:59.14 seconds, Erika placed 16th overall in the semis so unfortunately didn’t make the final. However, we are super proud of Erika and her amazing swims this week!


Women's 200 Freestyle - Heats

Erika Fairweather raced again in the Women’s 200 Freestyle and qualified for the semi-finals. Erika broke the 17-years NZ age group record, swimming a new personal best time of 1:57.26. A little faster and she could come close to breaking the open record, which is held by Lauren Boyle from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where she swam 1:56.82.⁠

You may notice a familiar face in this photo! It's New Zealand’s own Dianne Farmer, officiating at her first Olympic Games. Awesome to see one of our technical officials on the world stage - go, Dianne! 

Women's 1500 Freestyle - Heats

Eve Thomas and Hayley McIntosh made history last night when they swam in the Olympics first-ever Women’s 1500 Freestyle event. The race has never been part of the schedule at an Olympic Games before yesterday, so it was a very special race to swim in.⁠⁠
Eve finished 26th overall, with a time of 16:29.66 and Hayley finished 31st, with a time of 16:44.43. Well done ladies!⁠⁠
Setting the Olympic Record was World Record holder, Ledecky from the USA (15:35.35). New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle currently holds the NZ Open Record for the 1500 Freestyle (15:40.14).


Women's 400 Freestyle - Finals

Erika Fairweather finished 8th in the world of the Women’s 400 Freestyle! An incredible effort from the 17-year-old student who is attending her first-ever Olympic Games. Erika swam a 4:08.01 and was happy to make a final after not expecting it. ⁠Extremely delighted for Erika, she is certainly making New Zealand proud!


Women's 400 Freestyle - Heats

Young Erika Fairweather made her way to the final of the Women’s 400 Freestyle, coming second in the last heat behind Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and finishing fourth overall. It was an incredible swim from Erika, where she broke her first-ever New Zealand Open record, one which was held by Olympian Lauren Boyle from the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Erika swam a record-breaking time of 4:02.28 seconds, beating the previous record of 4:03.63, which Boyle achieved also in the heats of the 400 Freestyle. The 17-year-old smashed her personal best and her own age record by four seconds!

Women's 100 Backstroke - Heats

Well done to Ali Galyer, who made her Olympic debut in the Women’s 100 Backstroke. Ali finished third in her heat, swimming a time of 1:02.65 and came in 33rd in the last results, so, unfortunately, didn’t make a semi-final.


Men's 400 Individual Medley - Final

Lewis Clareburt qualified for the final of the Men's 400 Individual Medley after coming second overall in the heats. Clareburt finished the final in 4:11.22 seconds, placing him 7th in the world. First place was Chase Kalisz, who swam 4:09.42 and second was Jay Litherland, both USA swimmers. Third place was Australia's Brendon Smith.

I think we speak for everyone in the swimming community today and say how proud we are of Lewis Clareburt. It may not have been the result he hoped for but what an incredible effort he has made to get him to where he is today!


Men's 400 Individual Medley - Heats

New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt finished second overall in the heats of the Men’s 400 Individual Medley, making it through to the finals. Clareburt broke a new New Zealand Record, an Oceania Record, and a Commonwealth Record, with a new personal best of 4:09.49 seconds. Slightly ahead of Lewis and taking the Oceania and Commonwealth record for himself shortly after, was Australia’s Brendon Smith.

Men's 400 Freestyle - Heats

Well done to Zac Reid, who made his Olympic Games debut in the Men’s 400 Freestyle event, where he swam a 3:49.85. Zac finished 6th in his heat and placed 23rd overall.