Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Kiwi Cameron Leslie breaks world record at world para swimming championships

Northland's Cameron Leslie has set a new world record at the world para-swimming championships in London.

On Saturday (NZ time), Leslie stormed to gold in the S4 50m freestyle in 37.14s, beating the previous world record of 37.54s, set 15 years ago. 

"I'm super stoked," he told Newshub. "I had no idea what the world record was, but i'm more impressed to beat my nine-year personal best and get that monkey off my back.

"I haven't been able to focus on 50m races for a long time so its awesome to have some success in that distance."  

His triumph comes 24 hours after he won gold in the S4 50m backstroke title in a time of 42.13s - a new Oceania record.

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old also helped the Wheel Blacks - New Zealand's wheelchair rugby team - claim a bronze medal at the Asia Oceania zone championships to secure a spot at next year's Tokyo Paralympics. 

New Zealand has now won five golds at the para-swimming world championships, with Sophie Pascoe winning the S9 100m butterfly, backstroke and freestyle titles. 

Pascoe still has the S9 50m freestyle event to contest.