Australia wins Gold in 4x100m Freestyle Relay at World Swimming Championships in Russia
Australia won the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay title at the world swimming championships on Monday (AEST) as a gold medal dream came true for sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell.
The Queensland siblings paired up in the quartet along with Emily Seebohm and Emma McKeon as Cate, the world 100m freestyle champion, anchored the team to set a new championship record of three minutes 31.48 seconds.
The Netherlands won silver 2.19 secs back while the United States, including six-time world gold medallist Missy Franklin, won bronze 3.13 behind the winners.
Having stood on the podium together when they helped Australia win 4x100m freestyle silver in Barcelona two years ago, the sisters went one better with gold in Kazan.
“It’s the dream come true,” said 21-year-old Bronte Campbell.
“We got a silver together in 2013 and that was amazing, but to stand up on the podium together in front of the world to sing the national anthem with your big sister is something not many people get to do.
“It’s the highlight of the year for me.”
Her older sister Cate has a busy schedule in Kazan as she prepares to race in the 50m and 100m freestyle, as well as the 4x100m medley relay and the second world gold of her career was a welcome boost.
“I saw clear water from the time I entered to the time I touched the wall and I have three great girls to thank for that,” said the 23-year-old whose next event is the women’s 100m freestyle heats on Thursday.
“There was a bit of pressure to not get caught, but it was a good blow-out swim from me and I can’t wait for the rest of the meet.”