World champion Cate Campbell again took out gold but her sister Bronte announced herself in the women’s 100m freestyle final at the Australian titles.
Gold may have once again gone to world champion Cate Campbell but younger sister Bronte claimed a major moral victory in a scorching women’s 100m freestyle final at the Australian swimming titles in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Cate Campbell (52.68sec) just held out Bronte (53.02) in a nailbiting finish then hinted it may have signalled a changing of the guard in the competitive household.
“Credit where it is due. I thought it was Bronte’s night. I came away with the win but she won in all other areas,” Cate said.
“It was a phenomenal swim. I am over the moon for her.”
Cate Campbell clocked a time that would have won London Olympic gold while Bronte would have claimed bronze at both the 2013 world titles and London after eclipsing her PB by a staggering 0.7 of a second.
“You don’t often get drops like that ever,” Bronte Campbell said.
“To see training starting to pay off in a tough race is great.”
The pair joked about comparisons with the tennis’ Williams sisters where older sister Venus dominated early before the younger Serena took over.
“Tonight I managed to hang on but I am not sure about next time,” Cate Campbell said.
“This is why we train so well together – she pushed me to my limits.
“I am sure it is only a matter of time before she beats me but I will try to prolong that for as long as I can.
“No one likes to get beaten even if it is to your best friend.”
But Bronte Campbell did not want to compare herself to her world champion sister.
“I try not to because she was a wunderkind. She was on the team at 15, to compare myself with her would be depressing,” she laughed.
“It is important to make analogies but not treat us as the same person.”
Third-placed Emma McKeon (53.57) also qualified for the 100m freestyle at Glasgow.
Meanwhile, Christian Sprenger (26.74) set a new Australian record and personal best time that narrowly missed South African arch rival Cameron van der Burgh’s world mark of 26.67 to win the 50m breaststroke final.
Former world record holder Eamon Sullivan clocked 21.65 seconds – the world’s fastest time of 2014 – in front of 100m world champion James Magnussen (22.07) ahead of Sunday night’s 50m freestyle final.
Mitch Larkin (one minute, 55.26 seconds) set a new Commonwealth record to claim the 200m backstroke gold, shaving one and a half seconds off his PB to clock the second fastest time of 2014.
And Jessica Ashwood (8:22.51) won the 800m freestyle, Lorna Tonks (1:07.31) the women’s 100m breaststroke, Madeline Groves (2:06.95) the women’s 200m butterfly and Christopher Wright (52.16) the men’s 100m butterfly.
Defending champion Emily Seebohm (27.96) qualified fastest ahead of Sunday night’s women’s 50m backstroke final.