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Cramp undoes Fairweather, Jeffcoat makes first World Championship Final

Day 7 Wrap at the World Aquatics Championships

Erika Fairweather was undone by a bout of cramp as she looked to add a second medal to her 2023 Aquatics World Championship haul.

Competing in the final of the 800m Freestyle against the likes of Katie Ledecky and Ariane Titmus, Fairweather held her own over the first 250m before cramp took hold of her left hamstring.

The Dunedin swimmer was unable to battle back into the race and finished in 8th place in a time of 8:28.21s.

The event concluded a successful meet for Fairweather who picked up her first ever World Championship medal, a bronze in the 400m Freestyle earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Andrew Jeffcoat held his nerve in his semi-final to qualify for the final of the 50m Backstroke. It will be Jeffcoat’s first ever World Championships final.

The Club 37 swimmer posting a time of 24.81s to qualify 8th and saying on social media he’s grateful for another opportunity to compete under the lights.

The Kiwis were also in action in the mixed freestyle relay, an event unique to the World Championships. Having shuffled the team with Fairweather out to focus on her 800m, there was no expectation on the quartet of Cam Gray, Carter Swift, Helena Gasson and Chelsey Edwards other than to swim to their best, with the athletes posting 48.77s, 49.06s, 55.79s and 55.43s respectively to put the team a respectable 16th in 3:29.05s.

Sunday is the final day of competition with Jeffcoat contesting his final as well as the men’s 4x100 medley relay alongside Josh Gilbert, Lewis Clareburt and Cameron Gray. The full Aquablacks World Aquatics schedule is available here.

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Aquablacks Team

Lewis Clareburt (#257) Capital Swim Club

· 200, 400 IM

· 100, 200 Butterfly

· 4x100 Medley Relay

Chelsey Edwards (#265) Coast Swim Club

· 100 Freestyle

· 4x100 Mixed Free Relay

Erika Fairweather (#266) Neptune Swim Club

· 200, 400, 800 Freestyle

· 4x200 Free Relay

· 4x100 Mixed Free Relay

Michael Pickett (#268) Club 37

· 50 Freestyle

Zac Reid (#269) Neptune Swim Club

· 200, 400 Freestyle

Eve Thomas (#270) Coast Swim Club

· 400, 800, 1500 Freestyle

· 4x200 Free Relay

Caitlin Deans (#276) Neptune Swim Club

· 1500 Freestyle

· 4x200 Free Relay

Cameron Gray (#277) Coast Swim Club

· 50 Butterfly

· 100 Freestyle

· 4x100 Medley Relay

· 4x100 Mixed Free Relay

Andrew Jeffcoat (#279) Club 37

· 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke

· 4x100 Medley Relay

Helena Gasson (#250) Coast

· 50m Butterfly

· 100m Backstroke

Carter Swift (#282) Club 37

· 4x100 Mixed Free Relay

Hazel Ouwehand (#283) Phoenix Aquatics

· 50m Butterfly

Joshua Gilbert - Club 37

· 50, 100, 200 Breast

· 4x100 Medley Relay

Luan Grobbelaar - Neptune

· 400m Individual Medley

Summer Osborne - North Shore

· 4x200 Free Relay

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