Cate Campbell Drops Hammer On Anchor Leg; Australia Slays 4×100 Free Relay Gold

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Australia has had a very successful Pan Pacific Swimming Championships thus far in Tokyo. Cate Campbell has already won the gold medal in the 100 free, and swam the fastest split ever on the end of the mixed medley relay. So with Campbell on the end of Australia’s 4×100 free relay, it was very unlikely they would get beat on Saturday night in Tokyo.

The team of Emily Seebohm (54.56), Shayna Jack (53.10), Emma McKeon (52.56) and Campbell (51.36) won the gold medal with a 3:31.58, beating their own meet record of 3:32.46 from the 2014 meet. They set the world record earlier this year at the Commonwealth Games in a 3:30.05. With the addition of Bronte Campbell next year at World Championships, they could go a 3:29.

The United States finished with the silver medal at 3:33.45. Mallory Comerford (53.48), Margo Geer (53.59), Kelsi Dahlia (53.59) and Simone Manuel (52.79) swam for the Americans as they had to run down Canada to do so.

The Canadians got off to a flying start thanks to Taylor Ruck leading off with a 52.85, not far off her 52.72 yesterday. Ruck left it up to Kayla Sanchez (53.11), Rebecca Smith (54.00) and Alexia Zevnik (54.11) to try and pull the upset but they did not have the depth to match the Australians and Americans. They were bronze medal winners with a 3:34.07, not far off their National record of 3:32.89 from the Olympics. Canada did swim faster though at the Commonwealth Games in April.

All three medalists were ahead of France’s winning time from Europeans last week.

Japan (3:36.93) and the Philippines (3:54.80) also swam in the championship final.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Australia, 3:30.05
  2. United States, 3:33.45
  3. Canada, 3:33.92
  4. France, 3:34.65
  5. Netherlands, 3:34.77
  6. Japan, 3:36.93
  7. Denmark, 3:37.03
  8. Great Britain, 3:37.26

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