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Pederson Clinical to Secure Spot in 50m Free Final

Day 5 Wrap of the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships

Zoe Pederson was the pick of the Kiwi swimmers on day five of the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships, swimming a PB to book a final spot in the 50m Freestyle.

The 16-year-old was outstanding in her heat, swimming 25.38s to qualify fifth fastest for the semi-finals.

Pederson was even better in her semi, going fractionally faster across the sprint distance to set a PB of 25.35s.

The result saw her comfortably book a spot in the final to be contested overnight NZT, qualifying sixth fastest.

New Zealand teammate Summer Osborne was in action in the same discipline, clocking 26.50s in her heat to finish 23rd.

Meanwhile Izzie Gibson was in the pool in a fast 50m Backstroke final. Gibson was involved in a bizarre event the day prior, having to swim off against teammate Milan Glintmeyer for a semi-final spot after both recording the exact same heat time.

Gibson broke her PB twice in qualification but was unable to produce a better swim in the final, placing 8th in 29.16s

Glintmeyer was also back in the pool, competing in the 100m Butterfly. The 15-year-old swimming a time of of 1:02.18s to place 24th.

Brooke Bennett was the final Kiwi in the pool contesting the gruelling 1500m Freestyle. The 16-year-old finished 22nd overall in 17:29.95s.

Day six is the final day of competition at the Championships in Netanya, Israel. Three Kiwis are in the pool to round out the New Zealand campaign. Finn Harland will be swimming in the 200m Backstroke, while Summer Osborne and Brooke Bennett will contest the 200m Freestyle.

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