Cate Campbell went where no woman has been before today: 52.06 is the new world record over 100m freestyle. Quite why now, a month before the Olympic Games and three months beyond Olympic trials Down Under is a question that may never be answered given the Australian 2013 World Champion’s self-declared state of surprise. What we do know is that Britta Steffen’s 52.07 in a ‘speedboat’ of a shiny suit in 2009 is no more. What we do know is that Cate Campbell now swims faster than Mike Wenden did when he became what remains the last Australian man to lift the Olympic 100m free crown back in 1968 at altitude in Mexico City.
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