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Clareburt World Title Caps Incredible World Championships Campaign for New Zealand

Day 8 Wrap of the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha

New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt (Club 37) has become the Men's 400m Individual Medley World Champion, taking the title with an incredible swim on the final day at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha.


Clareburt sat in fifth at the start of the race with a smooth start in the butterfly, before moving up to third during the backstroke. The 24-year-old then made his move in the first lap of breaststroke, moving up to second before taking the lead with 75m left to swim in the freestyle and powered away to win gold in 4:09.72s.


Clareburt yelled “yes” as he saw the result, celebrating with a pukana in the pool.


Max Litchfield of Great Britain was 0.68 second back in second with Daiya Seto of Japan third.


It is Clareburt’s first ever World Title and his second World Championship medal following his bronze in the same event in 2019. The time also achieved the qualifying time for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Clareburt was wrapt with the way he performed in the final.

"I'm super proud of what I was able to put together today. Having to wait all the way until the last day to swim your main event is tough, but it makes it an awesome feeling when you can finish on a high."

Clareburt acknowledged the support received from back home.

"I'm so thankful for all the support I've already been receiving. Proud of what this New Zealand team has done this week!"

SNZ's Olympic Pathway Lead, Gary Francis, was impressed with Clareburt's performance on the final day.

"Lewis' World Title is the perfect way to finish a great week for us at the World Championships and we're absolutely thrilled for him."

Francis was proud of the team for their performances in Doha.

"It's been a huge effort from the whole team and we're really pleased to come away with four medals, a host of PBs and other great results."

New Zealand finishes the World Championships with four medals and its first ever World Aquatics Championships titles. In addition to Clareburt’s World Title, Erika Fairweather (Neptune & Swim Dunedin) won gold in the Women's 400m Freestyle, as well as silver in the Women's 200m Freestyle and bronze in the Women's 800m Freestyle.

You can access the livestream footage through the World Aquatics Recast platform by purchasing access from the link below.

2024 World Aquatics Championships Team

Lewis Clareburt (#257) - Club 37

  • 200m Individual Medley

  • 400m Individual Medley

  • 200m Butterfly


Laticia-Leigh Transom (#264) - Ice Breaker Aquatics

  • 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay


Erika Fairweather (#266) - Neptune & Swim Dunedin

  • 200m Freestyle

  • 400m Freestyle

  • 800m Freestyle

  • 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay


Eve Thomas (#270) - Coast

  • 400m Freestyle

  • 800m Freestyle

  • 1500m Freestyle

  • 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay


Caitlin Deans (#276) – Neptune & Swim Dunedin

  • 1500m Freestyle


Cameron Gray (#277) - Coast

  • 100m Freestyle

  • 50m Freestyle

  • 50m Butterfly

  • 100m Butterfly


Andrew Jeffcoat (#279) - Club 37

  • 200m Backstroke

  • 100m Backstroke

  • 50m Backstroke


Summer Osborne (#286) - North Shore

  • 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay


Support Staff

  • Lars Humer - Swim Dunedin (Coach)

  • Michael Weston - Coast (Coach)

  • Mitch Nairn - Club 37 (Coach)

  • Gary Francis (Team Leader)

  • Megan Munro (Physiotherapist)



New Zealand Team Schedule

Day One (11 Feb)

Men’s 50m Butterfly – Cameron Gray

Women’s 400m Freestyle – Erika Fairweather, Eve Thomas


Day Two (12 Feb)

Men’s 100m Backstroke – Andrew Jeffcoat

Women’s 1500m Freestyle – Caitlin Deans, Eve Thomas


Day Three (13 Feb)

Women’s 200m Freestyle – Erika Fairweather

Men’s 200m Butterfly – Lewis Clareburt


Day Four (14 Feb)

Men’s 100m Freestyle – Cameron Gray

Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Lewis Clareburt


Day Five (15 Feb)

Men’s 200m Backstroke – Andrew Jeffcoat

Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay– Erika Fairweather, Laticia Transom, Eve Thomas, Summer Osborne


Day Six (16 Feb)

Men’s 100m Butterfly – Cameron Gray

Men’s 50m Freestyle – Cameron Gray

Women’s 800m Freestyle – Erika Fairweather, Eve Thomas


Day Seven (17 Feb)

Men’s 50m Backstroke – Andrew Jeffcoat


Day Eight (18 Feb)

Men’s 400m Individual Medley – Lewis Clareburt

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