South's shearing record goes

18:17, Jan 15 2010

A world record formerly held by a Southland shearer was smashed by another New Zealander yesterday.

Jimmy Clark, of Blackmount, was unfazed that the record he held for two years had been beaten.

Matthew Smith set the new mark on a farm northwest of Napier, shearing 578 sheep in eight hours, 18 more than Clark's former record.

Clark was unsure whether he would mount a comeback to the world stage but said he was happy with his title being handed over.

He had phoned Smith to congratulate him, knowing the pain he went through to achieve the feat.

"He will be aching all over – the hardest thing would be staying off the booze for nine months to train, though," he said with a laugh.

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