Watch Cate Campbell’s 23.79 Australian National Record


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Taking time off after the Rio Olympic Games appears to be just what the doctor ordered for Australian speedster Cate Campbell, as the freestyle dynamo scorched a new Australian National Record, Commonwealth Record and All Comers Record in the 50m freestyle on the final night of this year’s Australian Championships.

Already earning a morning mark of 24.19, C1 turned on another cylindar for the final race, overtaking her own previous personal best and past Aussie NR of 23.84 from 2016.

Of her remarkable performance tonight, Campbell said, “It is a personal best. They don’t come around often at the ripe old age of 25 so I will take them when I can.”

Speaking to her 2017 break, C1 stated, “To be honest the first couple of weeks [back in pool] I was a bit worried but after a while your body remembers.

“It’s a big weight off my shoulders knowing I can come out and improve under pressure. I feel I am in a much better place to cope with that.”

Catch her record-breaking performance below, courtesy of Channel 7.

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Cate swims her best in her home country. She swam ahead of Sjostrom’s WR line until about 5 meters to go.

Honest observer

One thing about Tokyo, it’s in a time zone only two hours behind Sydney and Melbourne. She (and the other Aussies) may do better in 2020 as a result; time zones can make more of a difference than people think.

Shark speed

it doesn t for the great Kyle Chalmers


My guess is the WR line is evenly distributed for the whole 50, just straight up 2.11m/s (so doesn’t account for being faster on the start). I’m skeptical that Sjostrom would’ve put a whole body length on C1 over 10m.


So happy for Cate. It could go down on the Gold Coast!

Justin Thompson

I hope she puts down this kind of performance this summer or at world’s in 2019. Like Mark Lewis said we sometimes see these fast times in the Winter/spring but something happens and we don’t see it at the end of the summer.

If she does can you imagine what that 50 free will look like at World’s? Could have 5 women in the hunt for the gold if not more.

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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