Cate Campbell

Cate Campbell

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:49 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final

3:55.00 (2nd)

United States of America (USA)
Australia (AUS)
Denmark (DEN)

(Local) / 10:03 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Women's 50m Freestyle Final

24.15 (5th)

Pernille Blume (DEN)
Simone Manuel (USA)
Aliaksandra Herasimenia (BLR)

(Local) / 11:19 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Women's 50m Freestyle Semifinal 2

24.32 (2nd)

(Local) / 01:32 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Women's 50m Freestyle - Heat 11

24.52 (3rd)

(Local) / 11:18 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Women's 100m Freestyle Final

53.24 (6th)

Penny Oleksiak (CAN)
Simone Manuel (USA)
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)

(Local) / 10:20 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Women's 100m Freestyle Semifinal 2

52.71 (1st)

(Local) / 01:14 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Women's 100m Freestyle - Heat 5

52.78 (1st)

(Local) / 11:24 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final

3:30.65 (1st)

Australia (AUS)
United States of America (USA)
Canada (CAN)

(Local) / 03:32 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Heat 2

3:32.39 (1st)

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Athlete Biography

Cate Campbell will line up in Rio as the current world record holder in the 100m freestyle after taking 0.01 off Britta Steffen’s world mark with her 52.06 at the Brisbane Grand Prix on July 2.

As a 16-year-old Campbell, who was born in Malawi, returned from Beijing 2008 with an individual (50m) and relay (4x100m) bronze medals. She almost gave the sport away after she was forced to withdraw from the 2010 Commonwealth Games with a form of chronic fatigue syndrome. She bounced back two years later to line up alongside Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger to win gold in the London 4 x 100m freestyle relay on the opening night of competition.

In 2013 she was crowned the 100m freestyle World Champion and was a member of the 4 x100m freestyle relay world record breaking team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Training alongside younger sister Bronte, with coach Simon Cusack, they were the first Australian siblings to qualify for the same swimming event (50m) at an Olympic Games in 2012. At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Russia they became the first family in history to stand on the podium together when Campbell placed 3rd in the 100m freestyle event and witnessed her younger sister become a World Champion.

The African born athlete is the eldest of five siblings and moved to Australia in 2001 where she took up competitive swimming. Within six years she was a Youth Olympian and qualified for her first Olympics. Campbell grew up dreaming of being a ballerina, but now wants to have a career in the sports media industry when she hangs up her swimmers. She has a pet pig called Pepper, four chickens and two pet lizards.. She is a massive Harry Potter fan.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 1st (4x100m Freestyle Relay), 13th (50m freestyle) 2008 Beijing - 3rd (50m freestyle); 3rd (4x100m freestyle); 10th (100m freestyle)

Recent Performances

  • 1st - (50m freestyle and 100m freestyle) - 2016 Brisbane Grand Prix (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 1st (100m freestyle) - 2016 Australian Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 1st (4 x 100m freestyle), 3rd (100m freestyle), 4th (50m freestyle) - 2015 FINA World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
  • 1st (100m freestyle) - 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • 2nd (50m freestyle) - 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)

Career Highlights

  • Qualifying for first Olympic team in 2008
  • Winning a Bronze in the 50m freestyle at the 2008 Olympics
  • Winning first World Championship title in the 100m freestyle in Barcelona 2013


  • Primary
    Chapel Hill State School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Kenmore State High School (QLD, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Mass Communications - Queensland University of Technology (2011 - )


  • Coach
    Simon Cusack (2001 - current)
  • Club
    Commercial Swimming Club
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Brisbane, Australia


Favourite food
Ice cream
Favourite holiday destination
New Zealand- I haven't been there yet, but I've always wanted to.
Favourite music
Dream car
1960 red convertible mustang
Personal Motto
Live your fears, realise your dreams, attain your goals
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Pole vault