Bronte Campbell

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Bronte Campbell
Bronte Campbell.jpg
Personal information
National team Australia
Born (1994-05-14) 14 May 1994 (age 28)
Blantyre, Malawi
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClubCommercial SC
CoachSimon Cusack

Bronte Campbell OAM (born 14 May 1994) is a Malawian-born Australian competitive swimmer, a dual Olympic gold-medal winner and world champion. Her older sister, Cate, is also a competitive swimmer, and once held world records in both the short and long course 100 metre individual freestyle events. Bronte and Cate are the first Australian siblings on the same Olympic swimming team since the 1972 Olympics and the first Australian sisters ever to compete within the same swimming event at the Olympics.[2][3] Bronte Campbell won three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships, including the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events.

Early life[edit]

Campbell is the second of five children born to Eric (an accountant) and Jenny (a nurse) Campbell. She has an older sister, Cate, two younger sisters and a younger brother, Jessica, Abigail and Hamish. Hamish has severe cerebral palsy and requires around-the-clock care.[4] She shares a birthday with Hamish, with Hamish being four years younger.[5] Jenny used to be a synchronised swimmer and taught her four daughters to swim.[6]

Career[edit]

Campbell's family moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and she and Cate joined the Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane that same year. Their coach at Commercial, Simon Cusack, continues to coach both sisters.

In 2009, Campbell won gold in the 50 metre freestyle at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. In 2011, she won gold in the same event at the 2011 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru.

2012[edit]

Campbell competed in the women's 50 meter freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She and her sister Cate swam in the same heat, finishing second and third and qualifying for the semi-final in ninth and tenth place, respectively.[7]

2013[edit]

At the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships she won silver in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events finishing behind sister Cate in both and qualified for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. At the World Championships, she teamed up with Cate, Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay where they won the silver medal, finishing 0.12 of a second behind the United States.[8]

2014[edit]

Competing at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) in Doha, she won two silver medals, one in the 50 metre freestyle event (timing 23.62) behind Ranomi Kromowidjojo, and the other in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay behind the Danish team. She finished fourth (timing 51.65) in the finals of the 100-metre freestyle event, behind Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Sarah Sjöström.[9]

2015[edit]

With Cate Campbell in Kazan 2015

At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, she won three gold medals and one bronze. She finished first in the 100 metre freestyle event (in 52.52), beating Sarah Sjöström and Cate Campbell,[10] and the 50 metre freestyle event (in 24.12), beating Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Sarah Sjöström.

She also won gold in the 4×100 metre freestyle relay, beating the Dutch and US teams by a comfortable lead,[11] and a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay behind the Chinese and Swedish teams.[12]

2016[edit]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Campbell represented Australia in both the 50 m and 100 m freestyle, as well as the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay (in which they came first and set a new world record).[13] Despite being the reigning world champion in the 50 and 100 m freestyle, she did not win a medal in these events.

2018[edit]

At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Campbell won gold in the 4x100m freestyle, silver in the 50m freestyle, gold in the 100m freestyle, and gold in the 4x100m medley relay.[14]

2021[edit]

Campbell starred in Head Above Water, a documentary series focusing on 4 Australian swimmers: Ian Thorpe, Kyle Chalmers, Cody Simpson, and Campbell herself.[15] Campbell qualified for her third Olympics in Tokyo. She won gold in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x100m mixed medley relay.[16]

2022[edit]

In May 2022, Campbell will appear as a contestant on the sixth season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell is a student at Queensland University of Technology, where she is studying Business,[18] majoring in Public Relations.[19]

Until December 2016, Campbell lived with her sister, Cate. As of 2017, they are no longer housemates, and she currently resides in Coorparoo.[20]

She is also a poet, writing poems and reading them out to the swim team before a competition to give them motivation.[21][22]

Results in major championships[edit]

Meet 50 freestyle 100 freestyle 4×100 free 4×200 free 4×100 medley 4×100 Mixed free 4×100 Mixed medley
OG 2012 10th
WC 2013 5th 11th 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
CG 2014 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)
PP 2014 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)
SCW 2014 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 4th 1st place, gold medalist(s)
WC 2015 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
OG 2016 7th 4th 1st place, gold medalist(s)
WC 2017 6th 7th 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
CG 2018 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)
WC 2019 8th 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)
OG 2021 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)

World records[edit]

Long course metres[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Location Date Status Ref
1 4x100 m freestyle relay[a] 3:30.98 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 24 July 2014 Former [23]
2 4x100 m freestyle relay (2)[b] 3:30.65 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6 August 2016 Former [24]
3 4x100 m freestyle relay (3)[c] 3:30.05 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Queensland 5 April 2018 Former [25]
4 4x100 m freestyle relay (4)[d] 3:29.69 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan 25 July 2021 Current [26]

a split 53.15 (1st leg); with Melanie Schlanger (2nd leg), Emma McKeon (3rd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)
b split 52.15 (3rd leg); with Emma McKeon (1st leg), Brittany Elmslie (2nd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)
c split 52.99 (2nd leg); with Shayna Jack (1st leg), Emma McKeon (3rd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)
d split 53.01 (1st leg); with Meg Harris (2nd leg), Emma McKeon (3rd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)

Short course metres[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Location Date Status Ref
1 4x50 m mixed freestyle relay[a] 1:31.13 h 2013 FINA World Cup Tokyo, Japan 10 November 2013 Former [27]
2 4x50 m mixed freestyle relay (2)[b] 1:29.61 2013 FINA World Cup Tokyo, Japan 10 November 2013 Former [27]
Legend: OCOceanian record; NRAustralian record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

a split 24.03 (3rd leg); with Tomaso D'Orsogna (1st leg), Regan Leong (2nd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)
b split 23.44 (4th leg); with Tomaso D'Orsogna (1st leg), Travis Mahoney (2nd leg), Cate Campbell (3rd leg)

Olympic records[edit]

Long course metres[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Location Date Status Notes Ref
1 4x100 m freestyle relay[a] 3:32.39 h 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6 August 2016 Former [28]
2 4x100 m freestyle relay[b] 3:30.65 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6 August 2016 Former Former WR, OC, NR [28]
3 4x100 m freestyle relay[c] 3:29.69 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan 25 July 2021 Current WR, OC, NR [29]
Legend: WRWorld record; OCOceanian record; NRAustralian record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

a split 53.26 (3rd leg); with Madison Wilson (1st leg ), Brittany Elmslie (2nd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)
b split 52.15 (3rd leg); with Emma McKeon (1st leg), Brittany Elmslie (2nd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)
c split 53.01 (1st leg); with Meg Harris (2nd leg), Emma McKeon (3rd leg), Cate Campbell (4th leg)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bronte Campbell". fina.org. FINA. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Bronte Campbell".
  3. ^ "Campbell Sisters to swim in London". Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Sister act set to rock Glasgow pool". Fox Sports. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Subscribe | heraldsun". www.heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Sport on Saturdays: Meet Cate Campbell, Olympic swimmer". Mamamia. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  7. ^ Women's 50m Freestyle: Heats Archived 22 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine, London2012.com
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Final Results
  10. ^ Final results
  11. ^ Final results
  12. ^ "Final results". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  13. ^ "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 April 2016. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Swimming | Athlete Profile: Bronte CAMPBELL - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games". results.gc2018.com. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  15. ^ MacDonald, Lynnaire (8 June 2021). "Head Above Water (Amazon Studios) Review". STG. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Swimming CAMPBELL Bronte - Tokyo 2020 Olympics".[dead link]
  17. ^ Knox, David (22 May 2022). "Celebrity Apprentice 2022: Meet the Cast". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  18. ^ "QUT News & Events Wrap". QUT. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Double trouble: Swim sisters". 15 May 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Cate Campbell buying a Brisbane house - realestate.com.au". realestate.com.au. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Aussie swimmers the Campbell sisters doing it for themselves". Women's Health. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Bronte Campbell - the Poet Uncaged - Sportette". Sportette. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Swimming Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final". Official Website of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  24. ^ "Rio 2016 Swimming Results Book". IOC. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  25. ^ Stutchbury, Greg. "Campbell sisters power Australia to swimming world record". Reuters U.K. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  26. ^ "Women's 4x100m freestyle relay result". FINA. 25 July 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  27. ^ a b AAP (11 November 2013). "World record in mixed relays at FINA World Cup". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  28. ^ a b Mendes, Rodrigo (19 August 2016). "Rio 2016 Swimming 6 - 13: Results Book". Omega Timing; Atos. Version 1.1. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  29. ^ Omega Timing; Atos (1 August 2021). "Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Swimming Results Book". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 19 November 2021.

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by Mixed 4 × 50 metres freestyle relay world record-holder
10 November 2013 – 14 December 2013
With: Regan Leong (10 November to 10 November), Tommaso D'Orsogna, Travis Mahoney, Cate Campbell
Succeeded by