Cate Natalie Campbell, OAM is an Australian competitive swimmer who won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Australian Cate Campbell underlined her status as favorite for 100 meters freestyle gold at the Rio Olympics when she matched her record time of 52.38 seconds at the Japan Open. Her time at Tokyo’s Tatsumi International Swimming Center late on Saturday matched the 52.38 she swam at the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide in April, which was the fifth fastest of all time. The 24-year-old London relay gold medalist has been in powerful mode this year and eclipsed her injury-hampered younger sister Bronte, the reigning world champion in the blue ribald sprint.Campbell equalled her winning time from last month’s Olympic trials of 52.38sec, a pace that none of those who will attempt to challenge her for the Olympic gold medal in Rio have ever reached.
For comparison purposes, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who split the Campbell sisters at final year’s world titles, won the European title in 52.82sec this week.
Cate’s younger sister Bronte the reigning world champion didn’t travel fairly so effectively, finishing third in Tokyo in 54.11sec, behind Rikako Ikee 53.98sec.
Meanwhile, fellow world No.1 ranked 100m freestyler Cameron McEvoy won the males final in 48.17sec, a touch slower than his impressive heat swim of 47.88sec this morning.
That came significantly less than half an hour soon after he qualified for the 400m freestyle final in a private best of 3:52.87.
Bronte was third in Tokyo but is the second fastest lady over the distance this year, her 52.58 at the Australian trials maintaining Sarah Sjostrom (52.78) in third place on the 2016 time sheets. sjostrom is looming as the greatest threat to the Campbell family members’s hopes of gold in Rio and the Swede coasted to 100 freestyle victory in the European championships in 52.82 on Wednesday.
But the workload appeared to take the edge off him in the final.