There’s Pain In Them There Waters But Cate Campbell Cuts Dazzling Dashes In Canberra

New Perspective: Cate Campbell, courtesy of Swimming Australia

At the Australian Grand Prix in Canberra Cate Campbell goes 24.22 win in the 50m freestyle then a 23.29 relay split …. speed was harder to come by elsewhere … 400m free – 3:52.86, David McKeon; 3:54.66 Mack Horton; 3:54.76 Kosuke Hagino; 3:56.20 Grant Hackett. There’s pain in them there waters

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At the Australian Grand Prix in Canberra Cate Campbell goes 24.22 win in the 50m freestyle then a 23.29 relay split …. speed was harder to come by elsewhere … 400m free – 3:52.86, David McKeon; 3:54.66 Mack Horton; 3:54.76 Kosuke Hagino; 3:56.20 Grant Hackett. There’s pain in them there waters

Comments

Verram

How did James Magnussen go??

Craig Lord

Verram, he went 22.24 in the 4x50m free relay in the morning, as Cameron McEvoy went 21.70.

Verram

Ah ok. Thank you.. He didn’t swim 100m free?

Craig Lord

He did 23.20 23.81 in the 2×50 free, Verram but didn’t race the solo 100 in the afternoon

Verram

Thanks for the updates 🙂

aswimfan

This 23.29 during heavy training is more befitting of Cate, in line with my prediction that she has 23.7 to unleash.

I hope queen Cate shows no mercy to her opponents in Kazan, like Catherine the Great was.
😀

Verram

Cate is our best chance of defending her world title. Compared to the two defending boys Magnussen and Sprenger… I do hope they all can medal in Kazan

Anon

^^ Aswimfan, even better 23.29!

Anon

The fact that she is pulling those times untapered makes me confident she’ll take the 50/100m crowns 🙂 all the times she was swimming last year were with an injured shoulder!

Bill Bell

Just wait until Abbey Weitzeil goes 22.5p, 22.0sf AND 21.5 finals @ Rio.

Then people’ll say: “Cate/Bronte/Simone who?”

And of course hot on Abbey’s heels in South America next summer will be (ta ta!) Katie Ledecky, having forsaken that distance nonsense for something a tad easier, who’ll be in the 23.0/22.5/22.0 range.

Verram

Apparently James Magnussen has succumbed to a shoulder injury and may be in doubt for Kazan…there goes our 4×100 free chances

Personal Best

Well, to be fair, I don’t think the Aussies were in with a great chance in the 4x100m.

Magnussen’s new training regime may have been geared to peaking when it counts, but he hasn’t really shown his past form yet.

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place getters aren’t strong enough to necessarily propel Australia into medal contention, at least on trails form.

Except for Chalmers, his progress is sooo impressive.

aswimfan

So Maggie is injured?

So Australia can say goodbye to the chances in both 4×100 medley and free.
They may even have to say goodbye to a surefire mixed 4×100 free

commonwombat

Been wondering when Bill would re-visit us with his pearls of weed-induced wisdom ! ROFLAO

100% concur with PB that AUS M4X100, even with Magnussen fit, is at long odds to medal and for exactly the same reasons. Chalmers is a senior team rookie and therefore a question mark. D’Orsogna never ceases to underwhelm and his 2014 relay outings were 49+ which would sink ANY medal hopes. Abood IS a reliable enough 48mid leg but Delaney isn’t up to standard.

Aswim, the AUS M4XMED would be at even longer odds that the freestyle. Sprenger MAY be in somewhat better condition in Kazan than at Nats and COULD possibly drop in a leg that only concedes significant ground to the major contenders but the FLY leg remains the gaping chasm into which any medal hopes will tumble. D’Orsogna & Hadler may’ve broken 52 at Nats but neither have intl CV’s that evince a skerrick of confidence they will deliver in international waters.

aswimfan

commonwombat,

I agree and I think AUS m4x100 medley is a long shot for bronze, but without Magnussen, it will not be probable.
Without Maggie, McEvoy will have much bigger role and responsibility and schedule, and as we found out last year, McEvoy doesn’t seem to be responding well to an expanded program.

aswimfan

And yes, more if Bill Bell in fine form would be much appreciated.

I remember years ago reading his comments for the first time on swimming world and thinking “is this guy on some medication or something?”

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