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 23)
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 and a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her family moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and it was shortly after this that 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-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. 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 swimmer and the pair competed in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

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 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[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 just 0.02 of a second off the Commonwealth Record.


She did not represent Australia in 2010 as she had an injury.

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 the 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.

Personal bests[edit]

Short course
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 23.47 2013-11-10 Tokyo, Japan
100 m freestyle 50.91 2015-11-28 Sydney, Australia
Long course
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 23.96 2014-08-25 Gold Coast, Australia
100 m freestyle 52.33 2013-08-02 Barcelona, Spain

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Preceded by
Ye Shiwen
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
2013, 2014
Succeeded by
Emily Seebohm