Cate Campbell swam her way back to the top of the podium and is very relieved to be there. Everyone knew she was the favorite after leading off the 4×100 freestyle relay in 52.33. Coming into the race today, she was seeded second behind Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. Today she touched the wall first with a time of 52.34 for the Gold Medal. In her post race interview, she was excited that her and Australia’s male sprinter, James Magnussen, were both walking away with Gold medals in the 100 meter freestyle.
“The Australians sprinters are back on top of the world!”
It was great to win the race, but more impressive was her split at the 50! She was first to the wall by .71 seconds. We have been talking all week about sprinters on the male side who have very fast first 50’s, but the women have slid under the radar. Vlad Morozov and Anthony Ervin have both been under 22 to the feet at the turn in the 100 freestyle. This is impressive because only 13 male swimmers at this meet were able to touch the wall under 22 seconds in the 50 freestyle. Cate Campbell stands out even more so. She was 24.85 seconds at the 50 of her 100, to the feet! The women’s 50 freestyle is tomorrow, and if she were to enter with her 24.85 split, she would be seeded ninth in the world! She is included in those top nine times, so there are only 8 other women faster than her 50 split this year. It will be very exciting to see what she has in store for the 50 freestyle.
New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle made some waves this morning in the women’s 800 freestyle. She swam to a time of 8:21.00. She qualified in second for the finals, only .35 behind Olympic Champion, Katie Ledecky. Her time broke the Oceanic and Swedish National Record. That is her second Oceanic Record this week. She will swim in lane 3 between Katie Ledecky and Mireia Belmonte.