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Australia's Cate Campbell sets new world record in Women's 100m freestyle swimming

Tanuj Kar
412   //    04 Jul 2016, 15:20 IST
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Cate Campbell ecstatic after breaking the world record

Aussie swimmer Cate Campbell has timed an outstanding 52.06 seconds to finish at the top of a 100m freestyle race at the Brisbane Grand Prix on Saturday night. With her latest timing, she has broken Britta Steffen’s standing world record of seven years which had been set by the German in the 2009 World Championships held in Rome, Italy.

Having bettered the world record by one-hundredth of a second merely a month before the Rio Olympics 2016, Cate won the Grand Prix event by a fair margin, ahead of the second-best swimmer Bronte Campbell who happens to be her own sister. Bronte finished Saturday’s race with a timing of 52:58 seconds while Sarah Sjostrom picked up the bronze medal by clocking 52.78 seconds at the same event.

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A gold medallist in London Olympics 2012 in Women’s 4x100 metre relay, Cate has two World Championship golds to her name – the first one coming in the 100 m freestyle event in Barcelona in 2013 whereas the second triumph happened last year at the 4x100 m relay in women’s freestyle in Kazan.

Incidentally, her previous personal best timing was 52:33 seconds which she had accomplished at the 2013 World Championships. Having secured her own 100 m world record in Women’s freestyle swimming, the 24-year-old will now have all eyes on her when she finally takes the stage at the Olympic final rounds in Rio de Janeiro.

The younger Campbell sister, Bronte is the holder of the current world record in women’s 50-100 metres and had to be content with a silver medal at the finals of the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday after Cate’s emphatic victory. With the situation in view, it is safe to assume that the Australians are positioned best to clinch the gold medal at the 4x100 m freestyle relay race in the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro this year.

Besides her aforementioned achievements, Cate Campbell has earned quite a number of feathers for her hat that includes 4 golds at the 2014 Gold Coast and three more at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games won before today. A proven champion, the gifted swimmer will now be bracing for her 4th Olympic challenge which is about to set sail in the Brazilian city of Rio next month.

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