Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Lewis Clareburt clinches another gold, as NZ celebrate special session in pool

Kiwi Lewis Clareburt has continued his dream run at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with another gold medal in the pool. 

Clareburt stunned South African Chad le Clos in the men's 200m butterfly final to take the honours, just a day after claiming gold in the 400m individual medley.

He seemed set for bronze, after le Clos led at every turn, before saving his best for last with a sensational final 50 metres to overtake the South African and England's James Guy.

Clareburt, 23, admits the victory came at bit of a shock, but was delighted to come out on top against such an impressive field.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Lewis Clareburt clinches another gold, as NZ celebrate special session in pool

"I didn't think that would happen tonight," Clareburt said. "I honestly didn't think coming into today I would be here, or even standing on the podium.

"It was a pretty stacked field, with Chad, James and Duncan [Scott] there. For me to come out on top, I'm just surprised - and happy as well."

"I knew this morning after the heat that I had a little bit more left to give in that last 50," he said. "It's always been an event I've enjoyed. Most people probably wouldn't enjoy 200 butterfly, but I think as a 400 medley swimmer you have to be good at all the 200s.

"I definitely always target it - I think the last few years I haven't really been able to put a good swim under my belt."

Just 20 minutes later, teen 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.

"I saw him the whole time - I was behind him the whole way," Willmer said. "In the last 25, I knew I had to pump the arms, kick the legs.

"I didn't see him the last five metres so I was just really hoping I had him. I'm absolutely blown away."

Meanwhile, Tupou Neiufi capped off a memorable morning 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.

"It felt awesome," she said. "In the last 25, I literally didn't think I was going to get it, because I was just bowing out.

"I was really nervous when I smashed the wall but I saw my time and second place. I was just more happy with my time because I haven't gone that fast this year. It was a good feeling."

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