Australia's Campbell breaks 100m
freestyle world record
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[July 02, 2016]
Australian swimmer Cate Campbell broke the
women's 100 meters freestyle world record at the Brisbane Grand Prix on
Saturday, sending an ominous warning to her rivals at next month's Rio
Australia's Cate Campbell reacts after the women's 100m freestyle
semi-final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August
6, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
The 24-year-old clocked 52.06 seconds to better German
swimmer Britta Steffen's previous record of 52.07 seconds set
seven years ago during the now-banned synthetic swim-suit era.
The London relay gold medalist beat her previous personal best
of 52.33 seconds to claim the first individual world record by
an Australian since the supersuit period.
"It happened when I least expected it. I still can't believe it
happened," Campbell was quoted as saying in the Australian
"People have been asking me when am I going to break a world
record for the last three years.
"Now they will stop asking me the question."
After a few testing years with injury and illness, the world
number one has her eyes firmly set on the gold at the Aug. 5-21
"Anyone who goes to the Olympics and says they are not after
gold are kidding themselves," she added.
(Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan
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