Australians Break 4×100 Free Relay World Record; Cate Campbell Anchors in 51.00

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After Bronte Campbell gave Australia a big lead in the 4×100 free relay final, the outcome was never in doubt. A few moments later, Bronte’s older sister, Cate Campbell, split an amazing 51.00 on the anchor leg to put Australia into world record territory.

The Aussies finished in 3:30.05, six tenths faster than the previous global standard set by Australia at the Rio Olympics. Shayna Jack (54.03), Bronte Campbell (52.03), Emma McKeon (52.99) and Cate Campbell comprised the team, and Campbell’s split ranks as by far the fastest in history.

The Canadian team was overshadowed by the tremendous Australian performance, but they put up a very solid time of 3:33.92 for second. Their team consisted of Alexia ZevnikKayla SanchezPenny Oleksiak and Taylor Ruck.

Oleksiak, the co-Olympic gold medalist in the 100 free, split a sluggish 54.33, but she had just swum the 100 fly semi-finals moments before. Ruck, meanwhile, put up a phenomenal split of 51.82 to bring that team home.

England, with Siobhan Marie O’ConnorFreya AndersonAnna Hopkin and Eleanor Faulkner, took third in 3:38.40. New Zealand (3:43.77) and South Africa (3:46.04) also competed.

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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