Cate Campbell Breaks 100 Free World Record By .01 Seconds

by Robert Gibbs 96

July 02nd, 2016 International, News

As if the Australian women weren’t already favorites enough in the 4×100 free relay in Rio, Cate Campbell broke the 100 freestyle world record in the finals of the Australian Grand Prix today.

Campbell, a month out from Rio and presumably at least not-fully-tapered, eclipsed the mark formerly held by Germany’s Britta Steffen by .01, swimming a new all-time best of 52.06.  Campbell had swam 52.97 in prelims.  By comparison, no U.S. woman broke 53 in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials last night in Omaha.

Steffen’s record was set at the 2009 in Rome at the FINA World Championships, one of many world records at that meet that ultimately led to FINA banning the so-called “supersuits.”

Today, Campbell went out in 24.89 and came home in 27.17, compared to Steffen’s 25.46/26.51.

Campbell already had the top time in the world this year, a 52.38 from the Australian Champs in April.  Her sister Bronte Campbell has the second fast time in the world this year, from that same meet.  Add in Emma McKeon, who’s ranked fourth in the world with a 52.80, and the Australians have three women faster this year than any woman besides Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who sits in third with a 52.78.

2015-2016 LCM Women 100 Free

CateAUS
CAMPBELL
07/02
52.06*WR
2Bronte
CAMPBELL
AUS52.5804/11
3Penny
OLEKSIAK
CAN52.70*OR*WJR08/11
4Simone
MANUEL
USA52.70*OR08/11
5Sarah
SJOSTROM
SWE52.7804/01
6Emma
McKEON
AUS52.8004/11
7Ranomi
KROMOWIDJOJO
NED53.0808/11
8Federica
PELLEGRINI
ITA53.1806/25
9Abbey
WEITZEIL
USA53.2807/01
10Jeanette
OTTESEN
DEN53.3508/10
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And she just swam a 23.37 relay anchor to finish the meet.

Mind blowing! It is US trials this week and the best swim of the week is in Australia. amazing!

Swimhistorian

Incredible swim, yes, and well deserved, and it’s great to see another rubber suit record go down. But wait till tonight’s 800 free before you make that judgment.

I wait in ernest…..

Oh my goodness, I’m so thrilled for her. At last! Well done Cate! 0.67 reaction time too.

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