Cate Campbell

As a 16-year-old Cate Campbell, who was born in Malawi, returned from Beijing 2008 with two bronze medals. She teamed with Libby Trickett (Lenton), Alice Mills and Melanie Schlanger to win a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay and then finished third behind Britta Steffen, of Germany, and the 41-year-old Dara Torres, from the United States, in the 50 metres freestyle. Her bronze medal in the 50m was just ahead of the more highly fancied Lenton, the world record holder in the event. The silver medallist, Torres, won her first Olympic medal at Los Angeles 1984, eight years before Campbell was born. In the 100 metres freestyle, Campbell was the tenth fastest after the semi-finals and hence did not progress through to the final.

Campbell qualified for her second Olympic Games having won the National title in the 50m freestyle, ahead of her younger sister Bronte, and finished 2nd in the 100m freestyle.

She opened her London 2012 campaign in spectacular fashion as she lined up alongside Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger to win gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay on the opening night of competition. The Australians beat home the Dutch and American teams on their way to setting a new Olympic record and Campbell’s first  Olympic title.
A bronze medallist in the 50m freestyle at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Campbell could only manage 7th in her semi-final missing out on the chance to race for another Olympic medal.

Despite having qualified for the 100m freestyle Campbell did not contest the event in London due to illness.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Freestyle - Women
Heat 6 DNS
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heat 2 SEEBOHM, E; ELMSLIE, B; KUKLA, Y; TRICKETT, L 3:36.34 Q 1
Final COUTTS, A; CAMPBELL, C; ELMSLIE, B; SCHLANGER, M 3:33.15 1  
Final Placing 1 / 16
50m Freestyle - Women
Heat 8 24.94 Q 3
Semifinal 1 25.01 7
Final Placing 13 / 73

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Freestyle - Women
Heat 54.55 3rd
Semifinal 54.54 6th
Final Placing 10 / 49
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heat CAMPBELL, C; MILLS, A; SCHLANGER, M; REESE, S 3:37.81 3rd
Final CAMPBELL, C; MILLS, A; SCHLANGER, M; TRICKETT, L 3:35.05 3rd  
Final Placing 3 / 16
50m Freestyle - Women
Heat 24.20 1st
Semifinal 24.42 2nd
Final 24.17 3rd  
Final Placing 3 / 92