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Clareburt breaks NZ record

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Wellington teenager Lewis Clareburt has set a new national record in the 400m individual medley on Day One of the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Tokyo.

Clareburt finished fifth in the final with a personal best time of 4m 14.27s, lowering his previous mark set at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games by 0.15s.

The 19-year-old claimed the record in April, when he slashed four seconds off the original record in winning the Games bronze medal.

American Chase Kalisz won the Pan Pacific title in 4m 07.95s, followed by Japanese duo Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto in second and third respectively.

Clareburt has been training with Ian Thorpe's former coach Doug Frost, who guided the Australian to 13 Olympic medals.

He will also compete in freestyle, medley, butterfly and backstroke - all over the 200m distance - during the championships.

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