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Gold For Leslie at Para Swimming World Championships

Day 4 Wrap of the 2023 Para Swimming World Championships

Kiwi swimmer Cameron Leslie has come from behind in a thrilling race to win gold at the Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester.

Swimming in the 50m Backstroke (S4) Leslie’s high stroke rate saw him take the lead late in the race and hold on for the win in 42.67s.

“That was a really good race,” said Leslie.
“I executed the race plan well and took the opportunity that was in front of me. It’s really satisfying because we have made a few corrections to my stroke length following the last world champs so I’m really happy to see it paying off."
“I’ve spent such a long-time racing and doing well in the medley race that it’s refreshing to have success in another race and it’s awesome to win another gold for New Zealand.”

Mexico’s Ángel de Jesús Camacho placed second and The Czech Republic’s Arnošt Petráček placed third.

Leslie has earlier swum a heat time of 43.44s to qualify for the final.

“A result like that is always the dream,” said coach Tom Onley.
“We don’t train long course year round so for Cam to do that is really special. Our club back in Whangārei stopped training to watch the race which is pretty awesome, I’m very proud.”

It’s the second medal of the meet for the Whangarei swimmer who picked up silver earlier in the week in the 100m Freestyle (S4).

Leslie is back in the pool overnight NZT, competing in the 50m Freestyle (S4). He’s joined by Tupou Neiufi who’s contesting the 50m Freestyle (S8), Lili Fox Mason is also in action in the 100m Butterfly (S10).

Coverage of the 2023 Para Swimming World Championships is available on TVNZ+.

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Aquablacks Schedule

Day Five Schedule

Men's 50m Freestyle (S4)
  • Cameron Leslie

Women's 50m Freestyle (S8)
  • Tupou Neiufi

Women's 100m Butterfly (S10)
  • Lili-Fox Mason

Day Six Schedule

Men's 100m Backstroke (S9)
  • Jesse Reynolds

Day Seven Schedule

Men's 200m Freestyle (S4)
  • Cameron Leslie

Men's 100m Breaststroke (SB8)
  • Josh Willmer

Aquablacks Team

Tupou Neiufi (#261) Pukekohe Swim Club

  • 100m Backstroke (S8)

  • 50m, 100m Freestyle (S9)

Jesse Reynolds (#262) Hamilton Aquatics

  • 100m Backstroke (S9)

Cameron Leslie (#272) Whangarei

  • 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle (S4)

  • 50m Backstroke (S4)

Lili-Fox Mason (#273) Wharenui

  • 100m Butterfly (S10)

  • 400m Freestyle (S10)

Gabriella Smith (#274) Vikings

  • 400m Freestyle (SB9)

  • 100m Breaststroke (SB9)

  • 200m Individual Medley (SB9)

Joshua Willmer (#275) Pukekohe

  • 100m Breaststroke (SB8)

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