Cate Campbell Rattles 50 Free World Record Again; Simone Manuel Silver

Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr/Swimming Australia Ltd.

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There have been a number of near-misses in terms of world records this week at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo. Australia’s Cate Campbell followed suit with that trend as she rattled the world record in the 50 free on Sunday night in Japan. The 26-year-old swam a 23.81 for a new meet record, breaking her old record of 23.96 from the 2014 Championships in Australia.

Campbell was just off the world record set by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden at last year’s World Championships. Campbell is fourth all-time in the world rankings with her time from the Commonwealth Games at 23.78. Campbell is second in the world rankings for 2018.

Campbell finished ahead of American Simone Manuel (24.22) and fellow Aussie Emma McKeon (24.34).

Canada’s Taylor Ruck is one of the busiest swimmers in the meet as she finished fourth in her second race of the night at 24.47. Ruck will be swimming the anchor leg on Canada’s medley relay at the end of the session for her third race of the night.

The other American in the field was Abbey Weitzeil who finished fifth at 24.58. Weitzeil swam faster than she did at Nationals (24.63) and secured her spot on the World Championship team for next season with that swim.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee (24.60), Canada’s Kayla Sanchez (24.94) and Brazil’s Larissa Oliveira (25.03) also swam in the championship final.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 23.74
  2. Pernille Blume, DEN, 23.75
  3. Cate Campbell, AUS, 23.78
  4. Simone Manuel, USA, 24.10
  5. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 24.21
  6. Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 24.21
  7. Bronte Campbell, AUS, 24.22
  8. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 24.26

All-Time Rankings:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 23.67 (2017)
  2. Britta Steffen, GER, 23.73 (2009)
  3. Pernille Blume, DEN, 23.75 (2018)
  4. Cate Campbell, AUS, 23.78 (2018)
  5. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 23.85 (2017)
  6. Therese Alshammar, SWE, 23.88 (2009)
  7. Marleen Veldhuis, NED, 23.96 (2009)
  8. Fran Halsall, GBR, 23.96 (2014)

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  1. Is that “rattling”? Both gold and silver was faster then that at the Europeans? She’d only get the bronze! And the times no where near the WR.

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      Andy Ross

      0.14 seconds is pretty close. She may have been bronze but she is the fourth fastest swimmer in the event. Worth noting how close she got.

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        Campbell was only the third fastest swimmer this season in the event, so nothng was rattled–but she has pointed out that she is proud of herself, I guess because she finally completed a meet without choking. Ledecky broke a World Record by 5 seconds in-season this year and ended the season with top times in the World in three events–now that is a rattle that is earth-shaking.

    • Ivan Picado

      Relax !!! Americans and australians dominate the swimming world…. You don’t necessarly need a world record to win a gold in the olympics or world championships.

    • Ivan Picado – when did I claim that? It’s the website, that writes “rattles the WR”, when she’s no way near, and didn’t event make one PB! How about you relax, and actually read what’s about, before you comment!

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    The post swim comments though…