Cate Campbell Posts Third-Fastest Time Ever for 50 Free Title, 23.78

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Cate Campbell quickly pulled ahead of younger sister Bronte Campbell and pulled away to win the 50 free Commonwealth title by almost a half-second. She gave the world record, Sarah Sjostrom’s 23.67, a push, but she ended up settling for the third-fastest time in history.

Cate Campbell touched in 23.78, breaking her own Commonwealth and Australian records of 23.79 set last month. Bronte Campbell ended up tying for silver with Canada’s Taylor Ruck in 24.26. The medal was Ruck’s second individual honor of the meet, after her 200 free gold, and Ruck will also swim the 100 back final later in the session.

Australia’s Shayna Jack, a training partner of the Campbell sisters, finished fourth in 24.57, and South Africa’s Erin Gallagher took fifth (25.03). Canada’s Kayla Sanchez, a training partner of Ruck, took sixth (25.12), followed by England’s Anna Hopkin (25.28) and Northern Ireland’s Danielle Hill (25.56).

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