2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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17-year-old Erika Fairweather of New Zealand fired off the fastest time of her career today in the 4free prelims, producing a mighty result of 4:02.28.
Splitting 58.40/1:01.84/1:01.90/1:00.14, including a final 50m of 29.70, teen Fairweather secured the 4th seed behind the aforementioned powerhouses and 2nd seeded Li Bingjie of China who set an Asian Record with her 4:01.57.
For Fairweather, the fastest she’d ever been entering these Games was marked by the 4:06.54 she logged in April. Prior to that, the Neptune Swim Club racer had been 4:07.23 at the 2020 Vic Open and her fastest of 2019 was 4:09.33.
As such, the kiwi has managed to drop about 8 seconds in less than six months in this women’s 400m free race. That’s a potentially medal-impacting prospect with Fairweather closely linked with two other teens in Summer McIntosh of Canada and Isabel Gose of Germany, both of whom set national records of their own.
More locally, Fairweather’s 4:02.28 here in Tokyo surpasses the longstanding New Zealand national record of 4:03.63, a time Lauren Boyle registered at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
New Zealand has only ever won one Olympic medal in swimming on the women’s side, with its one and only piece of hardware, a bronze, having been captured back in 1952 by Jean Stewart in the 100m backstroke.
In yesterday’s men’s 400m IM, solid medal prospect Lewis Clareburt missed the podium after having won bronze at the 2019 FINA World Championships. As such, Fairweather could help elevate the squad with another standout performance in the final.