After coming close on the third night of the Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Nationals to breaking Libby Lenton’s world record, Cate Campbell decided she needed another shot. She warned her competitors before the finals of the 200 free that she would be going after the 100 free.
Campbell used a blistering first 50 (24.20) to launch her to the the new record (50.91). Lenton’s record had stood at 51.01 since 2009. In the process Campbell became the first woman in the entire world to go under 51 seconds:
Campbell has seemingly been around forever but is just coming into her prime as a sprinter at age 23. She burst on the scene as a sixteen year old in 2008, winning a bronze medal in the 50 freestyle at the Beijing Olympic games. Campbell did not medal individually in London but is now a favorite for the upcoming Rio Games.
Despite her huge potential, Campbell has been inconsistent on the international stage. She had an incredible swim to win the 2013 European Championships (LCM) in the 100 freestyle, going 52.33 in the win. Had she held that performance she would have won last summer in Kazan, instead she finished third.
Australia is also looking sharp with two other women at 51 in the 100 freestyle at this meet, as they look to defend their 4×100 Freestyle title from London.