Bronte the champion, sister Cate has bronze

Bronte Campbell (right) and sister Cate showing their medals after the women's 100m freestyle final in Kazan, Russia.
Bronte Campbell (right) and sister Cate showing their medals after the women's 100m freestyle final in Kazan, Russia. PHOTO: REUTERS

KAZAN (Russia) • Bronte Campbell kept it in the family by winning the 100m freestyle gold at swimming's world championships yesterday to succeed sister Cate as champion.

Australia's Campbell clocked 52.52 seconds to win the title, with Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom taking silver at 52.70 and Cate settling for bronze at 52.84.

"I can't believe that, I think it is still sinking in," said Bronte, 21, the younger of the Campbell sisters.

"I couldn't believe it when I turned round and saw the (number) one next to my name, then I saw the time as well.

"I couldn't be happier with that.

"That is everyone's dream. That is why you train. You want to be the best you can be and today I happened to be the best in the world.

"That sounds really strange coming out of my mouth, truly surreal."

This is the second time the Campbell sisters shared the podium in Kazan. The sisters both swam in Australia's victorious 4x100m freestyle relay team last Sunday.

Soon after, Australia's Mitchell Larkin won the men's 200m backstroke gold to complete the double.

Larkin, who had also won the 100m title on Tuesday, clocked 1min 53.58sec after a strong surge over the final 50m.

Poland's Radoslow Kawecki took silver at 1:54.55 and Russia's Evgeny Rylov the bronze at 1:54.60.

Meanwhile, Katie Ledecky of the United States remains on course to win a fifth gold in Kazan.

The 18-year-old has been the outstanding performer in these championships, winning golds in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle, plus anchoring the US women's 4x200m freestyle relay win.

The teenager has twice lowered her own 1,500m world record and clocked the fastest time of 8min 19.42sec in yesterday's 800m heats to qualify for today's final.

"I always like to finish on a good night and leave a meet with a nice feeling so we'll see what happens," said Ledecky, the 800m world record holder and defending champion.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2015, with the headline 'Bronte the champion, sister Cate has bronze'. Print Edition | Subscribe