Cate Campbell Lowers 100 Free Olympic Record In Semi-Finals; Oleksiak Posts New World Junior Record

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Women’s 100 Free Semi-Finals:

Cate Campbell of Australia continued her domination of the 100 free into semi-finals, but not without some young competition. Campbell was the first to the wall at the 50-meter mark of heat two semi-finals, flipping just ahead of her own World Record pace from earlier this summer. Campbell lowered her newly appointed Olympic Record of 52.78 down to a 52.71 to return as the top seed for tomorrow night’s final.

Finishing right on her tail was Canada’s young sprint superstar Penny Oleksiak in record-breaking fashion. Oleksiak stopped the clock at a 52.72 to overturn her own World Junior Record of 53.31 and set a new Canadian Record as well.

Heat one of the semi-finals was highlighted by a tight race between the USA’s Simone Manuel and Australia’s Bronte Campell. Manuel posted a personal best of 53.11 to edge out Bronte’s 53.29, just barely missing the American record of 53.02, set by Amanda Weir in 2009.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom picks up the fourth place seed with a time of 53.16, while Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen returns as sixth with a 53.35.

The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo grabbed the seventh place seed, while the USA’s Abbey Weitzeil squeezed in at eighth with a 53.53.

Full results are available here.