Cate Campbell On Fire, Takes Down 50 Free Commonwealth Record

2017 AUSTRALIAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

After declaring to the world, “She’s back!” immediately after claiming a shiny new World Record in the women’s short course 100 freestyle yesterday, Cate Campbell proved it once again with a monster time of 23.19 in the 50m race. Splitting 11.25/11.94, C1 crushed a new Australian National Record, All Comers and Commonwealth Record, which signals the 25-year-old has recaptured the speed that escaped her in Rio.

Tonight in Adelaide, C1 was able to score the only sub-24 second time of the field, with young Shayna Jack earning silver in 24.01 and sister Bronte Campbell picking up bronze in 24.08. The Commercial swimmer’s 23.19 mark surpasses the previous Commonwealth Record held by now-retired British swimmer Francesca Halsall, which stood at 23.44 from way back in 2009. Cate herself held the Aussie NR and All Comers Record with the 23.47 clocked in 2013 and 23.64 from 2015, respectively.

With her outing tonight, C1’s time now checks-in as 4th fastest short course 50m freestyle by a female in history.

1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 22.93, 2017
2. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 23.00, 2017
3. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 23.10, 2017
4. Cate Campbell, AUS, 
23.19, 2017

Historically, C1 produces her quickest times while on Australian soil, which bodes well for next year’s Commonwealth Games set for the Gold Coast.


											
										

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Fred West
5 years ago

It is strange that the Aussies produce all of their fast times at home. They don’t seem to swim that well at international meets, especially lately at the Olympics and Worlds.

breaststroker
5 years ago

Thats a quick back half!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  breaststroker
5 years ago

Especially given that the front half included a few meters in the air from the start. Will be great to see the video.

Swimmer
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

She spends a long time on the block. If her starts were a little quicker that WR could be hers. Still an incredible swim though.

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