Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi swimmers lead NZ's medal charge on day three

Fresh off a memorable day at Sandwell Aquatics Centre, New Zealand have continued their fine form in the pool with another special session at Birmingham.

Lewis Clareburt clinched his second gold medal in less than 24 hours, with a stunning performance in the men's 200m butterfly.

Clareburt produced a fine final lap to overhaul South Africa's Chad le Clos and England's James Guy to claim the title.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi swimmers lead NZ's medal charge on day three

Just 20 minutes later, Joshua Willmer doubled New Zealand's gold tally for the morning, with a sensational come-from-behind victory in the 100m SB8 breaststroke final.

Willmer, 17, left his charge late, to edge Australian Timothy Hodge by 0.07 seconds to claim New Zealand's fourth gold in the pool at Birmingham.

Tupou Neiufi capped off a memorable session in the pool for New Zealand, with a silver in the women's 100m S8 backstroke final. 

Neiufi was second to world champion, Alice Tai, but was pleased with her performance.

  • Clareburt touched first in the men's 200m butterfly to claim gold over favourites, Chad le Clos and James Guy.

  • Joshua Willmer produced a stunning come-from-behind victory to claim the 100m SB8 breaststroke honours. Jesse Reynolds finished fourth

  • Neiufi claimed silver in the women's 100m S8 backstroke, only edged out by world champion, Alice Tai.

  • Mya Rasmussen finished fifth in her heat and did not qualify for the women's 200m breaststroke final.

  • Andrew Jeffcoast advanced to the men's 50m backstroke final, while Cameron Gray failed to progress past the semi-final, as well as the men's 100m freestyle.

  • Helena Gasson advanced to the final of the women's 50m butterfly, but Hazel Ouwehand was knocked out in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, New Zealand carried on their dominance at the velodrome with another gold medal, to equal their efforts in the event from Glasgow in 2014 with six.

Corbin Strong.
Corbin Strong. Photo credit: Getty Images
  • Strong surged to a spectacular finish in the men's 15km scratch race, after being led by teammate Campbell Stewart during the 60-lap exhibition.

  • Sam Webster and Sam Dakin were eliminated in the round of 16 for the men's sprint

  • Michaela Drummon, Bryony Botha and Emily Shearman all missed out on medals for the women's 25km points race.

  • Rebecca Petch fell just short to finish fourth in the women's 500m TT.

The Black Ferns and All Blacks Sevens bounced back from their semi-final defeats to both claim bronze medals.

  • Black Ferns Sevens held off a late charge from Canada to claim a 19-12 victory.

  • All Blacks Sevens brushed aside Australia 26-12 to bounce back from their heartbreaking loss to Fiji.

Joelle King and Paul Coll advanced to the quarter-finals in their respective women's and men's squash singles, whilst the Black Sticks men beat Pakistan 4-1 in their pool A encounter. 

The mixed team relay finished an agonising fourth in triathlon, whilst the NZ men and women 3x3 basketball teams continued their dominance with wins over Trinidad and Tobago and British Virgin Islands.

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