Campbell on 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)|
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. She is the current world record holder in both the short and long course 100-metre individual freestyle events.
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.
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
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.
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. 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 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. On the sixth day of competition, Campbell won the 100-metre freestyle world title with a time of 52.34 seconds. 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. On the 100-metre freestyle event she finished third, behind Bronte Campbell and Sarah Sjöström. 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. She went on to win the final and qualify for the Olympics in the 50-metre freestyle, improving her time to 23.84. In addition, Campbell also qualified for the Olympic team in both the 4x100m freestyle & 4x100m medley relays. 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.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- List of World Aquatics Championships medalists in swimming (women)
- World record progression 100 metres freestyle
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres freestyle relay
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- Women's 50m Freestyle: Heats, London2012.com
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- Final results
- Final results
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- Keith, Braden (April 14, 2016). "Cate Campbell Swims 23.84 in Final, Moves to #2 All-Time". Swimswam. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
- "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
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- Australian Olympic Committee profile
- "Meet the next teen queen", Sydney Morning Herald, 2 August 2008
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|100 metres freestyle (LC)
2 July 2016 – present
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), Tomaso D'Orsogna, Travis Mahoney, Bronte Campbell
Sergey Fesikov, Vladimir Morozov, Rozaliya Nasretdinova, Veronika Popova
|Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year