Fairweather so close to goal of final

Dunedin freestyler Erika Fairweather in action at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. PHOTO:...
Dunedin freestyler Erika Fairweather in action at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
An impressive swim left Erika Fairweather on the cusp of her ultimate goal at the Youth Olympics yesterday.

The 14-year-old was 0.24sec away from making the final of the 200m freestyle in Buenos Aires.

She finished in 2min 02.32sec to finish as the ninth-fastest of the 34 swimmers over five heats.

The mark was also narrowly short of her New Zealand age-group record in the event.

It was a particularly impressive result given Fairweather's age disadvantage.

The Kavanagh College pupil is the youngest competitor at the Games - her birthday is the December 31 2003 cut-off date.

That leaves her competing against swimmers up to 18-years-old.

Indeed, the winner of the 200m freestyle was 17-year-old Hungarian, Ajna Kesely, who swam at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Kesely finished the final in 1min 57.88sec.

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