Campbell on the centre, in lane 4, at 2008 Olympics
|Full name||Cate Natalie Campbell|
20 May 1992 |
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
|Club||Indooroopilly Swimming Club|
Cate Natalie Campbell OAM (born 20 May 1992) is an Australian swimmer who won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Her family moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and it was shortly after this Campbell took up competitive swimming. In 2007, she went to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and won two gold medals in the 50 m individual freestyle and 4×100 m freestyle relay. She followed this up in 2008 with a victory in the 50 m freestyle at the Japan Open, beating compatriot Libby Trickett and setting new Australian and Commonwealth records with her time of 24.48 seconds. She is coached by Simon Cusack at the Commercial swimming club. She completed her secondary school studies at Kenmore State High School in Brisbane, Queensland. Cate is the eldest of five siblings. Her sister Bronte is also a promising swimmer and the pair competed in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Campbell was the fastest qualifier into the 50m freestyle semi-finals, after recording a time of 24.20 seconds. This placed her in Lane 4 in the semi-finals against the world record holder Lisbeth Trickett. In semi-final 2, Campbell placed second in a time of 24.42 seconds, placing her in Lane 5 for the final. In the final, she placed 3rd in a time of 24.17.
2009 World Championship
Despite doing a time trial of 53.40, with her 100m performance of 56.39 from 5 months earlier in March and having hip problems, she was scratched from the women's 4×100 freestyle. However she still earned the right to swim the 50m freestyle from her runner-up swim at the world championships trials. In Rome she finished with a bronze, beating compatriot Libby Trickett and ending just 0.02s off the Commonwealth Record.
She did not represent Australia in 2010 and was afflicted by injury.
Campbell was a member of the Australian team that won the gold medal in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the Women's 50 metre freestyle she and her sister Bronte swam in the same heat, finishing third and second, respectively, and qualifying for the semi-final in tenth and ninth place, respectively.
At the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships she won gold in the both the 50 m and 100 m freestyle events, qualifying for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. At the World Championships, she teamed up with her sister Bronte, Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts in the 4×100 m freestyle where they won the silver medal, finishing 0.12 seconds behind the United States. On the sixth day of competition, Campbell won the 100m freestyle world title with a time of 52.34s. Campbell finished ahead of Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and defending Olympic champion, Ranomi Kromowidjojo.
Personal Best Times
50m freestyle 23.99 – 2009 World Championships 100m freestyle 52.33 – 2013 Barcelona World Championships
50m freestyle 23.47 – 2013 FINA World Cup, Tokyo 100m freestyle 51.31 – 2013 FINA World Cup, Tokyo
- "Campbell Sisters to swim in London".
- Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay, London2012.com
- Women's 50m Freestyle: Heats, London2012.com
- "Final results of Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships" (PDF). Omega Timing. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- Australian Olympic Committee profile
- "Meet the next teen queen", Sydney Morning Herald, 2 August 2008
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