Cate Campbell Breaks Own 50 Free Meet Record From 2014 In 23.81

Australian Cate Campbell broke her own Pan Pacific Championship Record to win gold in the women’s 50 freestyle in Tokyo.

The 26-year-old came in as the defending champion after winning the 2014 title in a meet record of 23.96, and managed to lower that down to 23.81 in the final to win the gold.

The swim stacks up as the 8th-fastest performance of all-time, as Campbell now owns four of the top-10. She swam a personal best of 23.78 earlier this year at the Commonwealth Games which has her as the 4th fastest performer of all-time and is the 6th-fastest performance. That 23.78 also stands as the Commonwealth, Oceanian and Australian Record.

Fastest Performances Ever
1 Sarah Sjostrom 23.67
2 Sarah Sjostrom 23.69
3 Britta Steffen 23.73
4 Sarah Sjostrom 23.74
5 Pernille Blume 23.75
6 Cate Campbell 23.78
7 Cate Campbell 23.79
8 Cate Campbell 23.81
9 Sarah Sjostrom 23.83
10 Cate Campbell 23.84

For the year, she sits 3rd in the world behind Sarah Sjostrom (23.74) and Pernille Blume (23.75) after their performances at the European Championships.

2016 Olympic silver medalist in this event Simone Manuel of the United States won silver in 24.22, and Campbell’s teammate Emma McKeon swam her second-best time of the day to win bronze in 24.34.

Campbell now has four gold medals at the competition and eight total in her Pan Pac career with no silvers or bronzes. She’ll seek a fifth here in Tokyo to close out the final session in the women’s 400 medley relay.

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Clearing things up

Simone won gold in 2016😂

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Simone didn’t win gold in 2016. Blume did.


Yeah, Blume did in 24.07

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Video of the race:


Blume, Sjostrom, and Campbell are going to light up the 50/100 free next year. That’s assuming of course Pernille swims a full 100 this time around 🙂

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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