Cate Campbell gets the gold in Barcelona
Lana Wilson / August 05, 2013 05:27 PM
Who’s Who in Australia and Who’s Who of Australian Women entrant Cate Campbell has claimed victory in the pool at the World Championships in Barcelona.
Campbell, who this weekend has been described as the “Black Caviar” of the swimming pool by Australian media, narrowly beat fellow competitors Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, winning gold with a personal best time of 52.34 seconds in the women’s 100 metres freestyle.
“I didn’t really see anyone,” Campbell said of the win.
“I was just thinking this doesn’t hurt as much as training. You can get on that wall.”
“It’s weird to be striving your whole life to achieve something and then to have achieved it under a minute.”
The 21-year-old, who has faced several setbacks in her quest to win gold since her debut in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, including a bout of pancreatitis, glandular fever and a broken hand, shed tears shortly after the freestyle event as her Australian teammates chanted her on.
“It makes it all the sweeter right now, I wouldn’t change anything for the world,”
Campbell’s win at the World Championships has added to Australia’s medal tally, bringing the number of gold to three.
The inspiring performance has also placed Campbell alongside James Magnussen, who claimed victory in the men’s 100 metre freestyle event.
“I’m glad to be part of history, I’ll be the answer to that trivia question. Some sport freak will get it,” Campbell joked.
Both Magnussen and Campbell’s efforts have also put Australia on the cards collectively, with their triumphs making it the first time the nation has claimed both the men’s and women’s 100 metre world titles.
With a career and personal best, the promising pair tasted further national success, making Australia the host of the world’s fastest man and women since 1960 - breaking a 53-year record which was previously held by Who’s Who of Australian Women entrant Dawn Fraser and John Devitt.
Who’s Who in Australia and Who’s Who of Australian Women congratulates Cate Campbell on her gold medal win and applauds her resilience and determination.
Sources: The Age, news.com.au, ABC News, Sky News
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