Cate Campbell Shakes Steffen’s Shiny Suit: 23.84 WTR; Mack Horton 14:39; & 3:12 AUS 4×100

Cate Campbell on her way to the swiftest dash in the history of 'swimming' - Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images - courtesy of Arena
Cate Campbell on her way to the swiftest dash in the history of 'swimming' - Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images - courtesy of Arena

Cate Campbell brought her Olympic trials campaign to a rocketing finish with a 23.84 world textile best and Commonwealth record in the 50m freestyle dash in the curtain-closing session in Adelaide.

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aswimfan

Yup, I’m like a broken record for saying it again and again… This is the swim that I expect Cate to produce, day in day out.
A sprinter who swam 24.8 on feet touch on the way to 52.3 SHOULD produce this kind of 50 regularly.

Better late than never, well done Cate! And please improve your start tiny bit more and do it in Rio!

gheko

14.39 from Mack Horton sensational swim also!

aswimfan

William Stockwell had second fastest split of 48.09

I’ll say bring this kid to Rio, please!

gheko

3 12 is not that fast, what do they need to qualify?

aswimfan

We always knew that Where’s Waldo could maintain third gear for eternity and his 14:39 is great, but he needs to develop fourth gear to counter attack Yang’s and Paltrinieri’s last lap kick.

Horton is like metronome. He went 29s all the way, with the exception of first and second lap and last one which is only 28s.he needs to develop a 26s last lap.

felix

Not that fast at all Gheko….only would’ve won gold at worlds.

After Stockwells 50 final & that relay leg he deserves a spot, they’ll make final with Roberts, Abood, Stockwell, Magnussen in that order.

Robbos

Thanks Craig for bringing us such great updates, much appreciated.

perkomania

Horton can only improve …he hasn’t been around all that long. . He will find that extra speed and come close to winning gold.

aswimfan

Gheko,

3:12 is more than enough to qualify them VERY easily. They have to be in the fourth fastest of countries not automatically qualified. And so far, the slowest of that four countries is Turkey with 3:17.97
There will not be one other country faster than Australia of those not yet automatically qualified, , let alone 4.

gheko

Felix lost interest in London, the Aus record is 3.09, so they need to improve, Last yeat is gone!

Craig Lord

Thanks Robbos

perkomania

Felix, that relay trial would have won bronze at Kazan. France won in 3.10.74

felix

Correct…..i don’t know why I was listening to the commentators when I thought that time wouldn’t have won, they also said Russia won so obviously were looking at heat results, I seem to recall Russia qualifying fastest. Anyway 3:12 solid time won’t win medal but they were all 0.5 off what they can do so 3:10 is very likely even 3:09.

g l

What is Cate’s RT this time?

Craig Lord

r:+0.79 g l

Craig Lord

Yes, felixdp, solid but obvious room for gains come the hour

Robbos

What shows this is a strong team, when you look up the top 10 Aussies of all time, many of the current swimmers are up there.

commonwombat

With regards to the relay trial; it achieved what it set out to do; end of story.

That sort of time should put them safely into the final in Rio but realistically they will have to be at least 2 sec faster to medal. The potential to do so is clearly present; doing so … we’ll just have to wait.

C1 is certainly putting down some very clear markers on her “turf” (50/100free) that she’s out to “restore order” after 2015’s upsets. Having said that, C2 has proven over the past 2 years to have been better at the big meet than at Trials so she should not be discounted especially over 100.

Sadly the cautionary note with the Campbell’s is a very real and valid one. They are both very fragile health and physically and it will be fingers crossed that they will be fully fit and healthy in Rio. If they are, they may well walk away with a swag but if not fully fit; readjusting your medal predictions may be wise.

A superlative swim from Horton; following on from an excellent heat swim which impressed me all the more as it evidenced that the lesson of Kazan HAD been learned. Massive cudos to McLaughlin for a massive PB.

Shoot me down if you wish but I’m NOT engraving Horton’s name on any medal. He may very well NOT find himself in clear water in Rio, engaging in a personal time-trial, but be the target of other’s race strategies to counter him. Cue 1976.

Yozhik

If Campbell’s 23.84 is faster than Therese Alshammar’s 23.88 then why Cate’s ranking is the third ever as article stated?

Robbos

Anything can happen CW, but I don’t see too many getting to his 3.41 in the 400, with much improvement to come. The 1500 will be more difficult.

Craig Lord

I’ll leave you to work that one out, Yozhik.

perkomania

Concur with common wombat regarding cate Campbell – she is a bit of a klutz, never know where the next injury might come from. On form, however, unbeatable.

A few others strike me as maybe a little mentally fragile, such as Groves, David McKeon, Roberts.

Yozhik

@CL: strange way to say ‘thank you’

commonwombat

Rob, that may be true however that is also contingent on HIM actually swimming a 3.41 or better in Rio which is just as much of an IF factor.

gheko

So 7 bronze and a few silvers is all we can expect CW?

perkomania

Commonwombat: I have a litle more faith in Horton. He strikes me as an unflappable character, aware perhaps of any potential shortcomings and ready to address them (such as his need to find another gear if challenged).

As a matter of fact, he, Larkin and McEvoy all come across as thoughtful individuals, not shy or fragile, but merely aware of their surroundings and careful not make any brash pronouncements. I like that about them and wish them the best.

As a proud Victorian, I’m especially hopeful for Horton, as we Victorians dont produce that many Olympic swimming gold medallists.

Yozhik

Actually Cate Campbell was in this race with Therese Alshammar and Britta Steffen in 2009 (Rome). She started it being the CR holder. What was she wearing?

commonwombat

Where and when did I say that, Gheko ….. do pray tell ?

Nobody’s name has yet been engraved on any medals. Injury and illness can take out anyone’ from the rank amateur from Burkina Faso to the likes of Ledecky, Phelps, Campbell or Sjostrom. Take a “prime mover” out of any team and both the individual hauls plus relay hopes can take a major hit. A sad but unavoidable reality.

Nor have we seen the full ‘start of play’ from the entire Trials season. Until we have a much better read on the Americans, its all very academic at this point.

Its very much in vogue here to label me the “Doctor Doom” of these forums; it doesn’t bother me and am happy to play along with it as almost all of it is good natured.

However, my caution is borne out by being a diligent student of history. My terms of reference go back to the mid 70’s; I’ve seen too many teams go away with reputations built up sky high ….. only to be delivered very heavy reality checks at the big one.

Craig Lord

a black shiny suit of one kind or another, Yozhik
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDmyhJoa5MI

commonwombat

Perko, I was making no aspersions as to Horton’s character or intelligence. I was VERY impressed with his approach to this 1500, particularly hitting his heat swim hard which he acknowledges he will have to do in Rio. Major cudos to him.

However, I’m just looking through the eyes of an international observer rather than an Australian partisan. They look at him and think; these are amazing times but he swam great times in AUS last year but didn’t do it when it counted at Worlds.

For better or worse, they don’t necessarily buy the “illness” as the full explanation, they point to the bronze in the 800 as counter-evidence that he couldn’t have been too bad.

aswimfan

I think the Aussie Selectors made very bad choice by not taking Matthew Wilson and William Stockwell.

commonwombat

I’ll agree with you, ASF. Palmer and Hansford should frankly go buy themselves a lottery ticket although Wilson and/or Tranter may consider an appeal …. questionable as to whether it would be successful.

Palmer was only 0.03 ahead of Wilson in the 100brs so they would be of equal utility (or non utility) as medley relay “emergencies” and Wilson may’ve been worth a run in the 200brs.

Personally, I feel Stockwell could have been of greater potential value to the 4×100 relay than the likes of Roberts (a serial non-performer internationally) and maybe even Magnussen who frankly faces somewhat of a test of character having missed individual selection. However, by finishing 6th he was always going to be a borderline call. Hansford ….. is just plain lucky.

ThereaLuigi

Since when Paltrinieri’s last lap is dangerous, Aswimfan? His base speed is the slowest of the lot. All these guys, and even his training mate Detti, can out-split him on a last-lap rush. All of them can race great 400s, some of them even great 200s; Paltrinieri is nowhere near the world’s ranks under 800 metres. The only hope for him is to go out fast and hope that nobody catches him with 200 to go.

ThereaLuigi

Commonwombat, there is one guy that knows a thing or two about distance swimming and never failed to acknowledge Horton as a threat: Greg Paltrinieri. Always mentions him in interviews when they ask him who are his most dangerous rivals. Perhaps it’s because they trained together for a while during an Australian camp.

Yozhik

@Craig: if it is so then comparison between Britta Steffen and Cate Campbell is easy to make. It is not like we have to shame Britta for unfair world record (the competition was fair). In following almost seven years Cate Campbell made substantial progress and is faster today than Britta Steffen in Rome 2009 ( In terms what could happen should Campbell wear tech suit at this trials).
This situation is much simpler than in case of 200m freestyle world record of Federica Pellegrini. Nobody (but Federica) knows what she would be capable of should she race in textile suit back n 2009. Therefore it is not clear how to treat Schmitt’s, Sjostrom’s and Ledecky times in comparison with one of Pellegrini.

Felix Sanchez

I agree with TL, Horton certainly doesn’t have Yang sprint speed, but probably has more than Paltrinieri, who really lacks a kick.

That said, Paltrinieri is a beast, and I think he has a very fast swim coming. He wasn’t happy with his world champs time, and the vanishing Yang probably played a part in that. He was all geared up to try to swim the legs off Yang, and the late drama introduced a bit of tactical doubt. I honestly think he was a chance of WR in Rio.

Felix Sanchez

Pretty amazing to be getting close to that Steffen time. Not only did she have the suit, but was hammering the equally-suited competition, and that after taking Olympic gold with a suit handicap.

Robbos

Unfortunately CW, we as mere punters are playing with ifs & buts & maybes.

When Horton goes 1.40 to win the gold in Rio, only if Guy doesn’t improve his PB by 3 seconds, maybe Jaeger was concentrating on the 1500, but Sun Yang had a disruptive campaign.

Robbos

I suppose you also have ‘injuries’ question about James Roberts despite the fact that he had 2 shoulder surgeries & this was diagnosed when swimming those poor times at Int’l level.

But back to Horton, I think as an Aussie, he is gold medal favourite. for 400 & 1500.
As a swimming fan, Horton is the gold medal for the 400 but face much stiffer competition in the 1500 & would not regard him the favourite in that event.

DDias

…and she did it!
Amazing time.Healthy, I think will be very tough to beat her.

aswimfan

Put Cate Campbell on Steffen’s Adidas Hydrofoil Speedboat and she’d go 23.3 and 51.3

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