Cate Campbell

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Cate Campbell
Dara Torres, Cate Campbell, Francesca Halsall ready to start, 2008 Olympics.jpg
Campbell on centre, in lane 4, at 2008 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Cate Natalie Campbell
National team  Australia
Born (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 24)
Blantyre, Malawi
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Commercial
Coach Simon Cusack[1]

Cate Natalie Campbell, OAM (born 20 May 1992) is an Australian competitive swimmer who won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the current world record holder in both the short and long course 100 metre individual freestyle events.

She is coached by Simon Cusack at the Commercial Swingers Club.

Early life[edit]

Her family moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and it was soon after this that Campbell took up competitive swimming. She completed her secondary school studies at Kenmore State High School in Brisbane, Queensland. Cate is the eldest of two siblings, her brother Hamish and her sister Bronte who is also a swimmer and the pair competed in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

In 2007, she went to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and won two gold medals in the 50 metre individual freestyle and 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay. She followed this up in 2008 with a victory in the 50 metre freestyle at the Japan Open, beating compatriot Libby Trickett and setting new Australian and Commonwealth records with her time of 24.48 seconds.


2008 Olympics[edit]

Campbell was the fastest qualifier into the 50 metre 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 Libby Trickett. In the second semi-final Campbell placed second in a time of 24.42 seconds, placing her in Lane 5 for the final. In the final, she placed third in a time of 24.17. She also won bronze as part of Australia's women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay team.

2009 World Championship[edit]

Despite doing a time trial of 53.40 seconds, with her 100 metre performance of 56.39 from 5 months earlier in March and having hip problems, she was scratched from the women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle. However she still earned the right to swim the 50 metre freestyle from her runner-up swim at the world championships trials. In Rome she finished with a bronze, beating compatriot Libby Trickett and ending 0.02 of a second off the Commonwealth Record.

2012 Olympics[edit]

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 London.[3] 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.[4]


At the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships she won gold in both the 50 and 100 metre 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 metre freestyle relay where they won the silver medal, finishing 0.12 of a second behind the American team.[5] On the sixth day of competition, Campbell won the 100 metre freestyle world title with a time of 52.34 seconds.[6] Campbell finished ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and defending Olympic champion, Ranomi Kromowidjojo.


At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, she won gold in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay, beating the Dutch and US teams by a comfortable lead.[7] On the 100 metre freestyle event she finished third, behind Bronte Campbell and Sarah Sjöström.[8] At the 2015 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships in Sydney, she broke the short course 100 metre freestyle world record in a time of 50.91, becoming the first woman to go under 51 seconds.


At the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships she won the 100 metre freestyle to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She broke the Australian record in the 50 metre freestyle in the semifinals with a time of 23.93, which was the fastest time ever in a textile swimsuit.[9] She went on to win the final and qualify for the Olympics in the 50 metre freestyle, improving her time to 23.84.[10] In addition, Campbell also qualified for the Olympic team in both the 4x100m freestyle (winning Gold in a new World Record time) & 4 x 100 m medley relays.[11] At the 2016 Australian Grand Prix meet, she broke the long course 100 metre freestyle world record in a time of 52.06. This was 0.01 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Britta Steffen during the super suit era.

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics Campbell won a gold medal as a member of the Australian women's 4 x 100m freestyle team. The team, which included Campbell's sister Bronte, set a world record time of 3:30.65. This was followed by a silver medal as a member of the women's 4 x 100m medley team. In the Olympic final of the 100 m freestyle, Campbell was the favorite but choked and finished 6th in 53.24, despite breaking the Olympic record in the heats and semifinals with times of 52.78 and 52.71, respectively. She also missed a medal in the 50 m freestyle final, finishing 5th.[12]

Personal bests[edit]

Long course
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 23.84[10] (NR) 2016-04-14 Adelaide, Australia
100 m freestyle 52.06[13] (WR) 2016-07-02 Brisbane, Australia
Short course
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 23.47 (NR) 2013-11-10 Tokyo, Japan
100 m freestyle 50.91 (WR) 2015-11-28 Sydney, Australia

Notes: WR = world record, NR = national record

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lord, Craig (November 26, 2015). "Emily Seebohm Riding Golden wave To Rio With A 1:59 Australian 200 Back S/C Record". Swimvortex. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Campbell Sisters to swim in London". 
  3. ^ Women's 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay,
  4. ^ Women's 50 m Freestyle: Heats,
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Final results
  8. ^ Final results
  9. ^ Lord, Craig (April 13, 2016). "Cate Campbell Breaks World Textile Tie With Fran Halsall With 23.93 CR Dash Mark". Swimvortex. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Keith, Braden (April 14, 2016). "Cate Campbell Swims 23.84 in Final, Moves to #2 All-Time". Swimswam. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Pentony, Luke (August 12, 2016). "Rio 2016: Cate Campbell misses Olympic medal in stunning upset in 100 metres freestyle final". ABC Online. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ Robert Gibbs (2 July 2016). "Cate Campbell Breaks 100 Free World Record By .01 Seconds". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Britta Steffen
Women's 100-metre freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

2 July 2016 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Libby Trickett
Women's 100-metre freestyle
world record-holder (short course)

28 November 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Florent Manaudou, Jérémy Stravius, Mélanie Henique, Anna Santamans
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, Bronte Campbell
Succeeded by
Sergey Fesikov, Vladimir Morozov, Rozaliya Nasretdinova, Veronika Popova
Preceded by
Ye Shiwen
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
2013, 2014
Succeeded by
Emily Seebohm