Commonwealth Games: Lewis Clareburt wins bronze on debut in men's 400m IM

Commonwealth Games: Lewis Clareburt wins bronze on debut in men's 400m IM
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New Zealand has earned its first swimming medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with Lewis Clareburt snaring men's 400m individual medley bronze.

Clareburt and compatriot Bradlee Ashby led the charge in Friday's final and, while the latter fell away to finish fifth, the former came third in four minutes 14.42 seconds.

Australian Clyde Lewis won with a time of 4:13.12.

At the halfway point in the medley, following the backstroke leg, Ashby and Clareburt sat first and second, with a one-two finish appearing increasingly likely.

Clareburt nevertheless beat his personal best by four seconds.

"I've been working so long for that and I knew I could do it," the 18-year-old Wellingtonian said, despite qualifying sixth-fastest for the Gold Coast final.

Elsewhere, Kiwis enjoyed less in-water success.

Daniel Hunter and Sam Perry could only finish fifth and sixth respectively in the men's 50m butterfly final on Friday afternoon, well off the medal pace.

Teen Laticia Transom failed to make the women's 50m freestyle final, while Tupou Neiufi, Chris Arbuthnott and Jesse Reynolds missed out on podium spots in their respective para events.

Corey Main, New Zealand's strongest able-bodied medal hopeful for the men's 100m backstroke, endured a disappointing final and came in seventh.

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