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Cameron Leslie gets another silver medal to cap world para swimming championships

Cameron Leslie shows his delight at winning a gold medal at the 2022 world para swimming championships in Portugal. He also scored three silvers in an outstanding meet.

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Cameron Leslie shows his delight at winning a gold medal at the 2022 world para swimming championships in Portugal. He also scored three silvers in an outstanding meet.

Cameron Leslie snatched a third silver medal on the final day of a memorable World Para Swimming Championships for the Northlander.

Leslie finished second in the S4 200m freestyle in Madeira, Portugal on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) to clock new Oceania and New Zealand records.

He had earlier broke his own 100m freestyle New Zealand record by 0.15sec in the 4x100m relay.

Leslie won the gold medal in the S4 100m in the early stages of the week-long meet in Madeira.

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Cameron Leslie in Madeira.

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Cameron Leslie in Madeira.

The 32-year-old also got silver earlier in the week in the S4m 100m backstroke final in 42.54sec, just 0.6 seconds behind the winner, Arnost Patracek of the Czech Republic.

Leslie broke the world record on Thursday (Friday NZ time) in the S4 50m freestyle second heat, clocking 36.7sec at the Funchal Swimming Pools Complex,

He told reporters after the race that he “stuck with the race plan and it went really well’’.

“I enjoy the 50 metres freestyle so I’m going to go hard and leave it all out there.”

But Leslie’s world record proved shortlived.

Israel’s Ami Omer Dadaon, who had won heat one in 38.56sec, eclipsed Leslie’s mark to win the gold medal in the final in 36.25sec.

Medallists Cameron Leslie (L) of New Zealand, Ami Omer Dadaon of Israel and Angel de Jesus Camacho Ramirez of after the S4 50m final.

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Medallists Cameron Leslie (L) of New Zealand, Ami Omer Dadaon of Israel and Angel de Jesus Camacho Ramirez of after the S4 50m final.

Dadaon, 21, the Tokyo Paralympic Games SW50m and 100m champion, said he was proud to “finally succeed to have my first world record [in the 50m].

“Now all of the freestyle world record belongs to me.

“It was a really tough race, I prepared to this and I feel it was really at a hard pace.”

Dadaon also won the S4 150 medley gold medal in Madeira.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Nikita Howarth – a Paralympics gold medallist in Rio in 2016 and a three-time world champion – got a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke.

She clocked 1min 33.45sec to finish second behind Canada’s Tess Routliffe.

Clareburt qualifies

Lewis Clareburt qualified in the men’s 400m individual medley on the first day of the FINA world swimming championships in Budapest.

The 22-year-old from Wellington had contracted Covid in the leadup to the world championships, but he finished third in his heat on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) in 4min 12.39ec.

That placed Clareburt seventh overall on the list of qualifers headed by France’s Léon Marchand, 20.

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