Cate Campbell Splits 51.0, Aussies Smash 400 Free Relay World Record


Closing out the opening day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Australian women delighted the home crowd with a new world record in the 400 free relay. The quartet of Shayna JackBronte CampbellEmma McKeon and Cate Campbell clocked 3:30.05, winning over the Canadians by nearly four seconds. They break their previous record of 3:30.65 set at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Check out a comparison of their splits and the splits of the previous world record below:

Australia – 2016 Olympics Australia – 2018 Commonwealth Games
Emma McKeon (53.47) Shayna Jack (54.03)
Brittany Elmslie (53.12) Bronte Campbell (52.03)
Bronte Campbell (52.15) Emma McKeon (52.99)
Cate Campbell (51.97) Cate Campbell (51.00)
3:30.65 3:30.05

Obviously of note is Cate Campbell‘s anchor leg of 51.00, the fastest in history and nearly a full second faster than she was in Rio. The previous fastest ever was her 51.59 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, based on our findings. Bronte also had a very impressive 52.03 leg, and McKeon was sub-53 as well.

The addition of Cate obviously makes a huge difference from last year, where they lost the gold to the United States, swimming almost two seconds slower than they did tonight.

The Canadians won silver in 3:33.92, with Taylor Ruck splitting a scintillating 51.82. She joins the elusive list of swimmers who have split sub-52, which includes both Cate and Bronte, along with Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.

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Watching C1 vs Ruck vs Sjostrom’s WR line might be one of the highlights of this game!!


Only hope cate doesn’t choke.


your glass is always half empty isn’t it ?
What a pity…….
World Record …!
Splits 51.00 !
and you talk it down …
cheer up ….


Man, that 100 free in 2019 and 2020 is going to be a barn-burner. Potentially a five-way race with Campbell, Ruck, Sjostrom, Manuel, and Oleksiak. 51.5 or better to win?


Don’t forget Ikee in her home country


In theory, but it will probably come down to who holds the nerves and delivers when it matters more than anything. C1 is at least half a second worse under pressure as it stands. SS is kinda fresh “going for” this event but also was half a second worse in Budapest compared to the relay(albeit by managing her race the wrong way). Manuel is a great racer, we know that, but still has a few tenths to go. The Canadian girls got the talent but not yet the PBs, so that will be interesting what they put up in the coming years. Individually you have the heats and semis, too, that drains energy.


However everyone develops or keeps in peak form, and whoever else may rise in the next few years, one thing seems sure. At this rate, it’ll take going under 53 seconds in the women’s 100m freestyle to even make the final come 2020.


add Comerford to that list as well


What happened to Brittany? Retired? And Sub 3:30 on Pan Pac ? Next World For Sure I expect such a time


As far as I know she didn’t make the Australian team


She didn’t swim fast enough at trials


They won’t have Bronte at Pan Pacs so I don’t think they’ll shake the record again then (though I have been wrong in the past)!


I think AUS puts more eggs in the basket for CGS than for Pan Pacs.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

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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