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Clareburt wins at World Champs

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Lewis Clareburt has made waves at the World Championship in Doha by clinching the gold in the 400m individual medley.

This victory marks a significant turnaround for the 24-year-old New Zealander, who confessed to having faced challenging times recently, doubting his capabilities.

However, his latest win, a first-ever World Title for him and New Zealand’s second in this championship following Erika Fairweather’s success in the 400 freestyle, has reignited his confidence, especially as he gears up for the Paris Olympics.

Clareburt’s journey to the top hasn’t been without its hurdles. After a period of self-doubt and a disappointing performance in other swimming events, he made a bold decision to move cities for training, which has now begun to pay off.

The celebration of his victory was memorable as he performed a traditional Maori gesture and mimicked shooting an arrow, expressing a whirlwind of emotions and determination not to be defeated. Clareburt’s achievement, alongside Fairweather’s remarkable performance, brings New Zealand to an unprecedented position with two world champions in swimming, setting an inspiring precedent as they head towards the Olympics.

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