Fairweather’s prime qualifier for the ultimate

Erica Fairweather will take plenty of confidence from tonight’s efficiency.

Dunedin swimmer put in a formidable show to beat Canadian prodigy Summer time McIntosh within the 400m freestyle on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.

She lastly touched the wall at 4min 07.27sec, qualifying first for tomorrow morning’s closing, scheduled for 7.48am (New Zealand time).

Fairweather lagged McIntosh many of the manner, however did not let her get away.

She grabbed the Canadian, earlier than kicking on the final lap, outpacing her race win by 0.09sec.

Fairweather, a finalist within the occasion on the Tokyo Olympics final 12 months, is in search of her first medal on the Commonwealth Video games.

Australian star Ariarn Titmus can be her greatest rival in addition to the Macintosh.

The Olympic champion could have rather a lot to supply within the closing, as she appears to save lots of power as she cruises to win the qualifiers in 4 minutes 08.25 seconds.

Fellow famous person Lanny Pallister additionally sprinted to a time of 4:09.77, ending second after Titmus within the closing warmth.

New Zealander Eve Thomas additionally reached the ultimate, ending in 4min 11.50sec to qualify for seventh place.

It got here on the heels of Fairweather ending fifth within the 200m freestyle over the weekend, by which she completed a private better of 1 minute 58.18 seconds.

Earlier within the evening, Lewis Clareport completed second within the 200m, with a time of 2min 01.12sec which put him sixth for the ultimate.

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