Cambell Sisters Lead Trifecta with Mckeon in Third
Cate Campbell threatened the world record and then had to fight to the death to stave off her younger sister Bronte in a supreme 100m freestyle showdown at the Commonwealth Games tonight.
Cate was almost half a second under the world record at the 50m but faded over the last 25m as Bronte stormed home to almost pull off the swimming upset of the century.
Cate claimed gold in 52.68s, just ahead of Bronte in 52.86s, with Australia completing yet another cleansweep of the podium with Emma McKeontaking bronze in 53.61s.
Bronte has never beaten Cate in the pool but all that would’ve changed if the race went 5m further with the world champion fading and the younger sister pulling up alongside.
In a magnificent show of sportsmanship, Cate invited Bronte and Emma to the top of the podium so they could all sing the national anthem together.
“I’m glad it wasn’t 105m and I would’ve settled for 90m but you can’t have everything in life and I was just happy to get my hand on the wall first,” Cate said.
“I always knew it was going to be incredibly tough. It’s been quite a big week for both of us so for Bronte to swim a personal best I take my hat off to her it was an incredible swim.”
Bronte said she could see herself closing in on Cate in her peripheral vision and was ecstatic with her time and silver medal.
“I’m so excited, I have been doing PBs all meet and that’s a huge thing on an international stage so I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this meet has gone,” Bronte said.
“I think I will take a moment tonight to soak it all in, just to sit down and think about it because it’s been a really really great meet for me.”
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