A TikTok story by kiwi swimmer Lewis Clareburt about a free pair of bespoke shoes in the Olympic Village has been viewed 5.4 million times.

With 72,100 followers for its TikTok account, Clareburt has gained a sizeable audience for its glimpse into the life of games in Tokyo. His most successful posting to date was a report on the athletes’ beds, which was viewed 5.3 million times.

Lewis Clareburt in the final of the men's 400 m medley.

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Lewis Clareburt in the final of the men’s 400 m medley.

But the more recent history of shoes has the edge with the audience. It simply shows Clareburt getting the shoes – apparently called recovery sandals – including a foot scan.

Clareburt qualified for the final of the men’s 400-meter individual situation final and led the race for a time last Sunday before falling back to seventh place towards the end.

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He will be back in the pool on Wednesday evening for the prelims of the 200m individual medley.