Born in Malawi, but currently training in Australia, Bronte Campbell is a world-ranked swimmer. Born May 14, 1994 Campbell is a 2012 London Olympian, and competed alongside sister, Cate Campbell, in the same event. Campbell’s nickname is Black Caviar, and and her favorite pre-competition music to listen to is Muse.
Both Bronte and her sister are sprint freestylers, and are 2015’s fastest swimmers worldwide in the 50m freestyle. Standing 5’10” Campbell is one of five siblings. Born in Blantyre, Malawai Campbell had always swum in hot Africa, but when she moved over to Australia at 7 years old, she took an interest in swimming after watching the Sydney Olympics.
Campbell really broke out on the international level in 2009 at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, but in 2011 she won gold in the 50m freestyle at the FINA World Junior Championships held in Peru.
In 2012 Campbell and her sister, Cate, qualified for the London Olympics in the same event – the 50m freestyle. They were the first set of Australian siblings to make an Olympic Games in the same event. She finished 10th overall, making it to the semi-finals. She claims that her secret weapon is taking ice baths set at just 10 degrees Celcius.
Barcelona World Championships
The following year she swam at the World Championships, held in Barcelona. She finished second in the 400m freestyle relay, fifth in the 50m freestyle and 11th in the 100m freestyle.
2014 Pan Pacific Championships
Recently in 2014 Campbell continued her international competitions – she grabbed a gold in the 400m freestyle relay and a silver in both the 50m and 100m freestyles. At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Campbell won gold, silver and bronze.
In Apr. 2015 Campbell won her first National title in the 50m freestyle, finishing ahead of Cate who came in second. She’s currently training in Brisbane, Australia under Commercial Coach, Simon Cusack, with her sights set on Rio 2016. After her swimming career comes to an end, she wants to pursue a career in media.
FINA World Championships
At the 2015 FINA World Championships Campbell had one of the best meets of her career. In her first event of the meet, the 100-meter free, Campbell came out of the semi-finals third behind her sister, Cate, and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. Coming off of the block, Bronte finished first to the wall, just .01 seconds ahead of Cate, and blasted home to win gold just a half-second off the of the World Record.
In her second individual event, the 50-meter free, Cate was the heavy favor to win. Bronte qualified for the final of the 50, coming out of the semi-final in fourth place. When it came to the final, Bronte shed .20 seconds to take the win, finishing .10 ahead of the rest of the field. Her double-win made Bronte only the third swimmer in history to take the 50-100-meter freestyle double in World Championship history.
In her relay events at the World Championships, Campbell also picked up a gold on the 400-meter freestyle relay where she split a blistering 51.77 on the third leg. As the anchor of the 400-meter medley relay Campbell brought home the Australian team to a bronze medal after diving in the water fifth. Her split, nearly identical to the previous relay, was enough to catch two for third.
2016 Australian Olympic Trials
Campbell along with her sister Cate will represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bronte will swim the 50M, 100M and 4X100M Free Relay.
2016 Rio Olympics
Campbell finished fourth in the 50M Free, just missing a podium finish by .03 seconds. In the 100M Free, Campbell again finished a disappointing fourth, five one-hundredths of a second behind third place finisher, Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. In the 4X100M Free Relay, Bronte, sister Cate, Brittany Elmslie, and Madison Wilson combined to set a World Record of 3:30.65 to win Gold.