12 Feb 2024

Dunedin swimmer wins World Championship gold

From Morning Report, 7:44 am on 12 February 2024

Dunedin swimmer Erika Fairweather has won her first ever World Championships gold medal.

The 20-year-old won the 400-metre freestyle final in Doha, finishing in just under four minutes.

Fairweather had a winning margin of 2.18 seconds over China's Li Bingjie.

World Record holder Ariarne Titmus and American sensation Katie Ledecky didn't compete, but she's still shaping up as a real medal hope for the Olympics later this year.

Swimming New Zealand Olympic programme lead Gary Francis spoke to Corin Dann.