Games-Campbell sisters power Australia to swimming world record

Ruben Hill
April 6, 2018

Gold Coast: Australia smashed world records in swimming and cycling on day one of the Commonwealth Games as they rebounded quickly from hurdler Sally Pearson's shock pull-out on Thursday.

Australia, with sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Shayna Jack, clocked a time of 3 minutes, 30.5 seconds Thursday night at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

All three helped Australia post a time of 3:30.98 at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, before setting a new world mark of 3:30.65 at the Rio Olympics two years later.

Canada finished second, with England third.

The Australians, who had won the title at the last six Games, were facing arguably their biggest threat in a Commonwealth final since they were beaten by England at the Victoria Games in 1994.

"It was beyond my wildest dreams", she told the Seven Network.

It was a satisfying return for Campbell, who had been a hot favourite to win gold in both the 50m and 100m freestyle at the Rio Games, but finished outside the medals in both.

"I don't know how that happened but I think there is something to be said for home crowd advantage", the younger Campbell sister said.

"Then I looked up at the board and I saw that I'd won", she said shortly after receiving her gold medal from Prince Charles, who is representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the games.

"It's the first time I think I've heard the crowd while I'm swimming", she added. "I left no stone unturned to get out here and race for Australia in the 100m hurdles and the 4x100m relay", Pearson said.

"If you go out that hard you're going to be hurting on the back end more than I'm going to be so it's good fun".

"I was ecstatic to be on that team and to come away with a world record I honestly have no words for it". "Ten thousand people cheering for you is pretty unreal".

The New Zealand women's team pursuit have won silver at the Commonwealth Games tonight. "I just did what I had to do".

While Horton had been the fastest qualifier, Guy and McLoughlin were swimming under the world record pace set by Germany's Paul Biedermann in 2009 for the first 200 metres as they duelled in lanes two and three.

"I would have preferred it to be a full-distance race on a super-hard course", Alistair said, lamenting the decision to race over sprint distance, or half an Olympic course.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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