Bronte Campbell Emotional Post-Race Interview: “I Feel Devastated For My Sister” (Video)

2024 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS

Video courtesy of Wide World of Sports

The women’s sprint freestyle in Australia is perhaps the deepest field on the planet, with 4 out of the 10 fastest performers in history taking part in the 100m race on day 5 of the 2024 Australian Olympic Trials.

When all was said and done, Mollie O’Callaghan got to the wall first (52.33) followed by Shayna Jack (52.72) to clinch the individual event spots for Paris. Additional finishers included Meg Harris (52.97) earning bronze and Bronte Campbell (53.10) placing 4th to secure their spots on the women’s 4x100m free relay.

On deck after the race, the top finishers were on the emotional side, as each described what it meant to them to make it onto the green and gold team.

For winner O’Callaghan, the 20-year-old called her victory ‘redemption’, as she said ‘there’s no way they can leave me out [of the relay] now’.

MOC’s comment points to the Australian women’s 4x200m free relay from the 2020 Olympic Games where the St. Peters Western star raced in the morning heats and fired off a World Junior Record as the opening split. Australia did a full switch-out between prelims and finals swimmers and wound up earning bronze.

As for Jack, the swimmer also enjoyed redemption of sorts with her runner-up result last night. She missed out on the 2020 Olympic Games after having served a 2-year ban for testing positive for Ligandrol in 2019.

“I honestly have no words. It wasn’t the swim that I actually thought I was capable of but I just wanted to fight to the wall.”

Perhaps the most heartfelt interview came from 30-year-old Campbell, who spoke of how much she missed having her sister Cate Campbell in the final. C1 missed out on the top 8 by just .01.

“I felt devastated for my sister this morning but she is absolutely incredible.

“I mean she held this individual spot in the 100 for 11 years. I think that’s gotta be a record in Australia, it’s such a hard thing to do.

“I just really want to pay homage to what an incredible athlete she is. I know she made me a better swimmer and I know these girls would have grown up watching her swim and so even though she wasn’t with us in the pool tonight I think she’s still a huge part of our success.”

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Genevieve Nnaji
23 days ago

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Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

She can’t hear our beautiful national anthem and cowbells anymore 🙁

🐮🐮🐮🔔🔔🔔

Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

Cate Campbell

Early 2007: a 14 yo Cate Campbell swam 50 free in 24.90 becoming the fastest ever 14 yo.

The record was broken by Yolane Kukla, a former gymnast, who swam 24.74 in 2010 Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii. Many said the extreme wind aides the swim.

2008 Beijing: the youngest ever 50 free medalist at barely 16. Beat Coughlin in 100 free earlier in the year in Santa Clara in 53.30 that remained as US Open record until Sjostrom broke it in early 2016.

2009: had illnesses and underperformed in Rome.

2010 and 2011: had illnesses and didn’t participate in Pan Pacs, Commonwealth Games, and Worlds

2012 London: part of winning 4×100, but then she had illness that… Read more »

`MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Americans have another favorite expression: “What goes around, comes around,” and it looks like Cate Campbell will be hearing that a lot from Paris 2024 without the need for a translation from French! Her comments about loathing to hear the Star Spangled Banner rightly peeved TEAM USA and American swim fans. I guess Karma is a truly international experience now.
Personally, I’m sad to write about this — C1 is/was a superb swimmer on top for soooo long! Yet what’s a fella to do when she publicly “trashes” the USA with her remarks? Yanks don’t want to forget . . . . And clearly are not ready yet to forget. Sad!

Oceanian
Reply to  `MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Some Americans obviously don’t understand gentle humour. We Aussies just laugh along with comments like Rowdy’s ‘we hate Aussies’ comment.

We’re not at all thin-skinned and can join in with a joke. But ‘cow-bells’ and some kind of war starts.

Aussies can laugh at themselves. Not so – it seems – Murricans.

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`MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Oh, we can sure laugh – but not when it ain’t funny. . .

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  `MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Americans clearly have no sense of humour.

probably too much PC

Sub13
Reply to  `MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

You literally must have absolutely nothing going on in your life lol

Ervin
1 month ago

As great as Cate Campbell is…I can’t think of another swimmer who has been so dominant in an event time wise yet has the least amount of hardware…from her debut in 08 till now she has a single gold at the 2013 world champs…an astonishing stat for how good she is

Andy
Reply to  Ervin
1 month ago

I mean Sjostrom STILL has four world records and only has a single Olympic gold from
Rio to show from it

Richie
1 month ago

While there has been much elation from those swimmers that have beaten the brutal QTs set by Swim Aust, conversely there are those that have failed them. Specially feel for those that have missed the time by mere hundredths of a second.They must be totally shattered.

Aussie Richie
1 month ago

Mollie O’Callaghan – 52.33

Shayna Jack – 52.72

Meg Harris – 52.97

Bronte Campbell – 53.10

If the Aussie girls emulate this in Paris will they defend their Olympic title?

Aussie Richie
Reply to  Aussie Richie
1 month ago

I was emotional hearing both Shayna Jack and Bronte Campbell post race, so cant imagine the emotion that they were feeling.

Sub13
Reply to  Aussie Richie
1 month ago

Those times are a tenth slower than the American record. Add in relay exchanges and it’s still 1.5 seconds faster than a U.S. relay has ever been.

No guarantee but it’s looking very positive. But I would also expect them to improve significantly

Richie
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Mollie said she was not happy with that time. Still I expect better times ahead when the girls start tapering for Paris.

saltie
1 month ago

hahaha what an L. She said she didn’t want to hear cowbells, I guess she won’t have to. It’s too bad she’ll have to miss the Star Spangled Banner being played at medal ceremonies day after day.

If you’re gonna talk trash you better be able to swim fast.

Neil47-54
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

Exactly right. Showed her sincere dislike for USA. Best comment of the week. “Didn’t want to hear Star Spangled Banner and now she won’t have to.” Kudos

Sub13
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

And yet here you are talking trash having accomplished nothing

Oceanian
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Murricans don’t seem to understand humour sometimes. Though we Aussies like laughing at ourselves and our nation/culture.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

It was painfully obvious that Cate was taking the piss / pulling our legs!

Neil47-54
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Didn’t see sub13 on the podium either. And here you are talking trash.

Dan
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

Americans are so sensitive 😂

Troyy
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Nearly a year later and they’re still clutching their pearls.

Santa banana
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

Cate goes home devastated.

Stephen Thomas
Reply to  saltie
1 month ago

Cate WILL be attending Paris in her role as Chair of AOC Athletes’ Commission, but perhaps she will wear noise cancelling headphones when required…

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