Fairweather inside time

Erika Fairweather
Erika Fairweather
Erika Fairweather has moved a step closer to Tokyo.

The 16-year-old swam below the 400m freestyle Olympic qualifying time in the Auckland championships on Saturday.

Her time of 4min 07.43sec was nearly 0.5sec below the time required to qualify for Tokyo Games, rescheduled for next year.

Fairweather, who represents Neptune, also narrowly missed the qualifying time in 200m freestyle, the event in which she won gold at the junior world championships last year. Her swim of 1min 57.38sec was just 0.1sec away from the qualifying mark.

The swims mark a further milestone in Fairweather’s increasingly impressive CV.

Alongside winning gold in the 200m freestyle at last year’s junior world championships, she also finished fourth in the 400m.

To make that more impressive, she was one of the youngest competitors at the event.

She also swam in both events at the full world championships.

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