Camp­bell wins 100 freestyle at swim worlds

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY BETH HARRIS

Lit­tle sis­ter up­set big sis­ter and the rest of the world in the 100-me­ter freestyle.

Bronte Camp­bell led all the way against a strong field at the world cham­pi­onships Fri­day, win­ning in 52.52 sec­onds.

“I still can’t be­lieve that,” she said.

The 21- year- old Aus­tralian sprinter was un­der world-record pace at the turn, with older sis­ter and de­fend­ing cham­pion Cate Camp­bell in close pur­suit.

Bronte earned the big­gest in­ter­na­tional vic­tory of her young ca­reer with the fastest time in the world this year, knock­ing her sis­ter and Femke Heemskerk of the Nether­lands out of the top spot they shared.

“I’ve had a lot of good train­ing,” Bronte said. “That’s an ad­van­tage I’ve had over Cate be­cause she had shoul­der surgery less than a year ago. I’ve seen her come back from that and strug­gle through all the re­hab, which took for­ever. I know I wouldn’t be stand­ing on the podium with­out her, so the medal is re­ally half hers any­way.”

Sarah Sjostrom of Swe­den earned sil­ver in 52.70, a re­peat of her fin­ish two years ago in Barcelona. Cate Camp­bell took bronze in 52.82.

Olympic cham­pion Ranomi Kro­mowid­jojo of the Nether­lands, the bronze medal­ist in 2013, was fourth. Si­mone Manuel of the United States was sixth and team­mate Missy Franklin sev­enth.

Bronte went over the lane line and by­passed Sjostrom to find her sis­ter for a watery hug be­fore pump­ing her right arm.

“She helps keep me calm. She’s sort of like my lucky tal­is­man,” Bronte said. “But when we get out be­hind the blocks it’s like ev­ery man or woman for them­selves.”

The sis­ters live and train to­gether, with Cate hav­ing been the dom­i­nant swim­mer in the event the last few years.

But Bronte has been com­ing on, and is a medal threat for next year’s Olympics. In Barcelona, she fin­ished 11th in the 100 free, and last year earned sil­ver at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The Aussies earned another gold when Mitchell Larkin ral­lied to win the 200 back­stroke, com­plet­ing a sweep of the back­stroke events in Kazan.

He trailed Ryosuke Irie af­ter the first two laps be­fore surg­ing to the lead on the third lap. Larkin won in 1 minute, 53.58 sec­onds to go with his ti­tle in the 100 back.

AP

Aus­tralia’s Bronte Camp­bell, right, holds her gold medal with her sis­ter and bronze medal­ist Cate Camp­bell af­ter win­ning the women’s 100-me­ter freestyle fi­nal at the Swimming World Cham­pi­onships in Kazan, Rus­sia, Fri­day, Aug. 7.

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