Campbell Crackles, 52.89; Missile Smoulders, 48.1s

Cate Campbell - 52.83 semi, 52.92 final back at trials (Courtesy: Swimming Australia)

Golden Aussie sprint prospects for world titles in Barcelona next month, Cate Campbell and James Magnussen chucked a few more gauntlets in the path of rivals at time trials in Brisbane today: Campbell: 52.89 (that that!) and Magnussen: 48.12 unrested in the morning, back at 3pm for the curtain-closer and a 48.11 (take that, too!) [Photo: courtesy of Swimming Australia]

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Golden Aussie sprint prospects for world titles in Barcelona next month, Cate Campbell and James Magnussen chucked a few more gauntlets in the path of rivals at time trials in Brisbane today: Campbell: 52.89 (that that!) and Magnussen: 48.12 unrested in the morning, back at 3pm for the curtain-closer and a 48.11 (take that, too!) [Photo: courtesy of Swimming Australia]

Comments

SwimFanFinland

Considering the fact Magnussen is in heavy training I believe it’s safe to apply same to Campbell.

felixdangerpants

jarrod poort started the 3000m 2 and a half minutes behind the field for a sensational time of 30:34…..consistently splitting low 30s throughout the race

Lane Four

I cannot wait for the women’s 100. I am hoping that Cate unleashes her full talent and we finally see what so many have been waiting for since 2008. Personally, I believe she is the one who could get very close to a 52.0 without the benefit of “the suits”. It is her time now.

Coast Boy

Seen and heard it before the London Olympics… Aussies setting the pool on fire… They just forgot that London was more important than the little meets leading into them ;). RESULT – 1 Gold (4 x 100 free relay girls) Hype, Hype Hype. The missile, The rocket…etc.

Times now mean nothing apart from the world rankings. It only counts at Worlds and only in the final… When Australia was led by Don Talbot, you didn’t see this type of swimming fast prior, just at the meet….. Shame legend coaches get old! #bringbackdon

Justin Thompson

Really looking forward to the Magnussen/Adrian and Campbell/Kromowidjojo 100fr showdowns. I think it will play out as follows:

Mens 100m Free
Adrian – 47.3
Magnussen – 47.5

Womens 100m Free
Campbell – 52.2
Kromowidijojo – 52.5

Torchbearer

Australia needs to do something about its swimmers, especially sprinters, peaking for the trials or at the wrong times- Lenton 100m WR Holder 2004 (missed final), Sullivan/Trickett 50 and 100m WR Holders 2008 (no gold), Magnussen 100m Textile WR Holder 2012 (silver)…

Craig Lord

Interesting point but then the history of swimming is stacked with people who swam faster on the way to the big occasion of a season and missed gold … even so, but many are not too far out; Sullivan, Trickett, Magnussen, all Olympic silver; and Magnussen, 0.01 from gold in 2012, was world champion in 2011 … Barcelona will be interesting, with Cate Campbell having done a Camille Muffat on the way to the big one in terms of the quality of consistency… and Muffat then delivered when it counted, of course.

SwimFanFinland

Coastboy, hehe, the Netherlands is assumably conspiring already to give Cate Campbell some warlike nickname in order to add some pressure; Cate “cannonball” Campbell! And then, Kromowidjojo comes and takes the gold. I also made one for Seebohm: Emily “seabomb” Seebohm.

Graig, but Muffat didn’t deliver her best times? If Campbell posts something just a bit under 53, I would say the race is wide open. If Campbell is capable of inside 52.5, I don’t believe Kromowidjojo or anyone is able to respond.

Craig Lord

Agreed (wide open, relative to a few 🙂 … a good stance though to go into battle knowing you have a margin to give away but still be in it for gold; most who step down, step out, but some still win… Phelps won a fair few things without posting lifetime bests…

Coast Boy

Craig,

I love your coverage of swimming and everything you do for it. But comparing the worlds greatest swimmer in Phelps to others is like comparing apples to oranges (maybe bananas). Phelps, Thorpe and co. had such gaps between them and the rest of the world; they could get away with swimming to win….. I hope being Australian, they do fire. But I’m just worried about having speed this far out. It’s going to go two ways… Either both of them are going to smash world records or not in complete heavy training expected this far out…. Which I am sure the latter is the general feeling for their competition.

Craig Lord

I take your point but reluctant to judge Cate Campbell before she faces the first moment in a long time at which she will get a chance to step up and show us what she is clearly capable of when it counts. I think we’re not looking at a 52.2 etc… to consider a podium sub-53 with Campbell in the mix would be pretty amazing in itself. Thanks for the kind comment

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