Bronte Campbell surprises sister Cate to win gold in women’s 100m freestyle

BRONTE Campbell has surprised her sister Cate to win gold in the women’s 100m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The 23-year-old swam the race in 52.27 seconds at the Optus Aquatic Centre on Monday night – a Commonwealth Games record time. Cate touched second in 52.69 seconds.

Despite turning third at the halfway mark while Cate and Canada’s Taylor Ruck fought for the lead, the younger Campbell had the better finish and touched first to win gold, breaking her sister’s Games record in the process.


“It’s incredibly surprising. I don’t know how it happened but I’m glad it did,” Bronte said.

“I don’t really know what to say. I definitely didn’t think I was going to go that quick.”

Cate said coming second behind her sister made the pain of finishing with silver a bit sweeter.

“I’m so thrilled for Bronte to get a massive win in front of a home crowd,” Cate said.

“It’s never easy being the second Campbell, but she’s number one now and I’m thrilled for her.

“It makes the pain of finishing second a bit sweeter.”