Teenage NZ swimmer breaks record on way to Tokyo final

7:00 am on 26 July 2021

Erika Fairweather has qualified for the final of the 400 metres freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics by finishing second in her heat.

Erika Fairweather competing at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

Erika Fairweather. Photo: OIS.

Fairweather's time of 4:02:28 seconds broke Lauren Boyle's New Zealand record and Fairweather's personal best.

The 17-year-old Kavanagh College student from Dunedin is the youngest New Zealand athlete in Tokyo and has become New Zealand's strongest hope in the pool these Olympic Games.

Erika Fairweather,17-year-old swimmer from Kavanagh College has been officially announced as a member of NZ team for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The final will be raced on Monday afternoon (2:20pm NZ time), when Fairweather will be hoping to break the swimming team's 25-year Olympic medal drought.

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The drought continued on Sunday when Lewis Clareburt finished seventh in the men's 400 metres individual medley final.

He still has a shot in the heats of the 200 metres on Wednesday.

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