Clareburt Continues Siege With 1:57.89 200 IM NZL Record


21-year-old Lewis Clareburt is having a meet down in his native New Zealand. After already clinching an Olympic berth in the 400m IM with a new national record, as well as setting a new kiwi standard in the 100m free, the man checked in with a historic time in the 200m IM.

Competing on the final day of these New Zealand National Championships, Clareburt churned out big-time 200m IM time of 1:57.89. That not only checked in as a new lifetime best for the Capital Swim Club athlete, but it crushed the previous national record of 1:59.24. That result was performed by Bradlee Ashby at the 2017 FINA World Championships.

Splits for Clareburt’s 1:57.89 head-turner were as follows:

Post-race, Clareburt stated, “I knew I had it in me, I just had to piece it together nicely.”

Looking at all-time Oceanic performers in this 2IM, Clareburt now checks-in at slot #5, representing the first non-Aussie to join the exclusive upper echelon.

All-Time Oceanic Men Performers in LCM 200 IM

  1. Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:55.72, 2019
  2. Leith Brodie (AUS), 1:56.69, 2009
  3. Daniel Tranter (AUS), 1:57.55 2013
  4. Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 1:57.88 2014
  5. Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 1:57.89 2021

Given the Japanese Olympic Trials were taking place this week, along with other international elite events, Clareburt’s effort here renders him just outside the top 10 performers in the world this season.

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