Watch Cate Campbell’s 50.25 100 Free (SCM) World Record Race


25-year-old Aussie Cate Campbell fired off a new short course 100m freestyle World Record on day 1 of the 2017 Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide. The Brisbane native crushed a new mark of 50.25 to overtake Swedish star Sarah Sjostrom‘s old WR of 50.58 set just in August of this year.

After the race, C1 couldn’t contain her excitement, stating about herself,”She’s back!” 

The Commercial club swimmer continued, “And it’s exciting, it’s great to be swimming fast. I’ve put together some really good solid weeks of training and I’ve really been working hard. It’s great to see it’s really starting to pay off.

“There were a couple of times (when) I came back into training and I was thinking ‘oh man it’s a long way back.’

“But the body remembers and I’ve been doing this for a long time and taking a year off this year is the best thing I’ve ever done. 

I’ve come back refreshed and I’ve got a new love for the sport, a new perspective and I’m more motivated than ever for the Commonwealth Games.

Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden) is swimming incredibly fast and watching her in Budapest, I was very pleased I didn’t gave to line up behind the blocks and race her then, but I’m now feeling a little better about the possibility of racing her in the future again now.

“She broke this world record just a couple of months ago and I was in that race and I was swimming next to her and I breathed and I saw her feet and it was a little demoralising.

“But it’s very motivating at the same time and I’ve been very motivated to get back in and give swimming 100 percent – I don’t feel I’m done with it yet.”

Campbell also won the women’s 50m butterfly final, which was contested in the morning session.

Quotes and video courtesy of Swimming Australia.

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She made that look easy


Cate Campbell, surprised and elated at setting a WR. She looked relaxed swimming it. She swims with so much power.

Just so you know, I predicted a WR after the prelims. She swims her best in Australia, so that bodes well for 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.


HOORAY FOR Bobo Gigi, I mean, MARK LEWIS! ; )


Still one of the great mysteries to me how she didn’t win in Rio.


Manuel drafted and caught her!


she panicked and overswam the first 50 and swam a bad technical race while oleksiak and manuel swam smarter races*


I think she just had an off day,she normally goes out faster than most on the first 50.she simply just was not on good form the last few days off rio,and it showed the following day in the 50 as well.


As nearly all the Aussies.


Tend to disagree. I doubt there was one singular cause but rather an accumulation of a number of factors. Some are external, others specific to the event itself. The most likely external factors: – knowing she was not quite at her peak and nursing a few minor niggles. – being part of a team that was misfiring quite badly after a good first day and the accumulated pressure/expectation that she was one of the last chances of rescuing some respectability when other big names have – media/social media Race specific – Oleksiak’s semi-final swim may’ve “got in her head”/established some doubts in her mind that “she had them covered” – She panicked and over-revved it going out and by swimming… Read more »


In an aspect it happened the same, as Katinka (physically) overswam the first 125 metres in the 200 back.
The Aussies mentally weren’t ready for Rio.


Except Manuel wasn’t the only person who beat her.

crooked donald

One too many rounds.

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