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News posted on Saturday 14th September, 2019

2019 World Para Swimming Championships Day 6: Leslie just off the podium

Cameron Leslie of New Zealand competes in the Men's 200m freestyle S4 heats during Day Six of the London 2019 World Para-swimming Allianz Championships at the London Aquatics Centre

After a tiring week which included two goal medals Cameron Leslie finished just outside the podium in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S4 at the Para World Swimming Championships in London, touching the wall in 3:00.07 to finish in fourth place.

It was a blistering finish to the final with two of the three swimmers ahead of Leslie both going under the previous World Record to set a new time of 2 minutes 53.06.

“I’ve exceeded my expectations. I was coming here with a goal of finishing first or second in one, maybe two, races but it’s been pleasing to get the results I have. Disappointed to finish with a fourth, I was hoping to steal a bronze, but it is what it is, it’s a tough race and everyone in that race has swum really well.“ Leslie said.

Jesse Reynolds set a new personal best in the morning’s heat of the Men’s 200m Medley SM9 before swimming just under a quarter of a second faster in 2:23.99 to finish in seventh place.

It was also a personal best swim for Wanaka’s Hamish McLean in the Men’s 50m Butterfly S6 in a time of 35.70, earning him 9th place.

Tupou Neiufi went quicker than her previous best in the Women’s 200m Medley SM8 but was disqualified for what was described as ‘alternating kicks’ at times underwater, when they should be synchronised.

The same fate applied to Christchurch’s Celyn Edwards in the Men’s 200m Medley SM8.

Leslie who is the senior swimmer of the group had this to say about the team’s performance heading into the final day tomorrow. “It’s been really impressive seeing these young guys put their best foot forward – a lot of them are stepping up from heats to finals and a lot of them are pressing to get into the medal times and I guess you just hope they keep working when they go home and keep that drive going and remember why they do it.“

Sophie Pascoe, Chris Arbuthnott and Celyn Edwards round out the meet tomorrow in the 50m Freestyle events, “It’s the splash and dash, they’ve just got to smash it! Execute the game plan and don’t go crazy,“ Leslie finished.  

Find out here how to watch the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships and read this article to know more about the New Zealand Para Swimming Team.

Full wrap for DAY 1 available here.

Full wrap for DAY 2 available here.

Full wrap for DAY 3 available here.

Full wrap for DAY 4 available here.

Full wrap for DAY 5 available here.

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