Watch The Smoothest 52.78 100m Freestyler Ever: Cate Campbell


Current 100m freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell has a certain serene silky smoothness to her stroke unlike any other, even when she is charging to the wall in a new world #1 time. Such was the case again today, day 1 of the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships. Although ‘C1’ as she is nicknamed is reportedly sticking to her guns about not making herself available for World Championships selection, the 24-year-old threw down in prelims this morning, stopping the 100m freestyle clock at a scary-fast 52.78 to not only top the field, but the world this season.

C1 would follow-up with a slower 53.30 tonight to take bronze after sister Bronte’s 52.85 scorching gold medal-winning swim and silver medal-garnering Emma McKeon’s 53.12. However, based on the smile after her morning swim, it does look as though Cate is actually enjoying her nationals experience and having fun, which she has stated is her simple goal for this competition.

Video courtesy of Swimming Australia.


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still sorta amazing this girl didn’t win gold at the olympics.


Helps when you are 6ft 3. Longer levers help.


It certainly didn’t help making Missy Franklin’s 100 free strokes anywhere near as smooth as Cate’s, did it?
Despite Missy being 1 cm taller. Watch this when Franklin was at her absolute best and Campbell wasn’t:
(starts at 4:00)

Anyway, Cate is a tad shorter than 6’2″, and she is only 3 cm taller than Ledecky. Even Megan Romano is a little bit taller than Cate, and Cate is only 1 cm taller than Dana Vollmer.


Whoa Romano was fast… crazy she didnt make it to Rio after seeing that.


She didn’t swim so crazy neither before this race nor after. Her personal best at 100 free is just 53.9


True – she desapeared from the tablets after Barcelona .


I’ve said it a thousand times – Her stroke economy in mind-blowing. We talk of Oleksiak as a huge talent, which she certainly is, but I feel we’ll look back in 10 years and Realise Cate Campbell was the biggest sprint talent of her generation. Everybody, Oleksiak included, is a LONG way from 52.06.

Cate was doing 24.4 as a 14/15yo before it was a ‘thing’.


You are right. Penny Oleksiak’s performance in Rio placed her among elite sprinters. Her two days in a row 52.7 showed that she isn’t one race freak and gives us a hope that such a feat can be repeated and bettered.
But she isn’t the Leader as Cate Campbell is. The 0.64 sec is a huge difference. Don’t see her making it. At least in the nearest future.


Totally disagree. She may have the WR but has not shown the propensity to step up at three Olympic games in her individual races.


What do you disagree on? That Cate is not the greatest sprint talent of her generation? Let me refresh you of a few names who don’t have Olympics individual golds to their names: Jenny Thompson, Dara Torres, Tom Jaeger, Brendan Hansen, Franziska van Almsick, Jessicah Schipper, Katie Hoff, Michael Klim, Sippy Woodhead, Tracey Wickham, etc. All those swimmers have something in common: broke multiple world records (some were legendary WRs), won individual worlds golds (except for Torres), and amazing dominance over the field and yet….no individual olympics gold. Some swimmers are just unlucky. If you don’t consider Cate as the greatest female sprinter of her generation, then who is? Let us hear who you nominate for. You also didn’t pay… Read more »

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