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Pan Pacs: Australia second to United States as Cate Campbell stars

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Pan Pacs: Australia second to United States as Cate Campbell stars

Swimming Pan Pacs: Australia second to United States as Cate Campbell stars

  • Australia six gold, 11 to the United States
  • Campbell qualifies fastest for 50m freestyle final
Cate Campbell
Cate Campbell could finish the Pan Pacific swimming championships with five gold medals. Photograph: Aflo/REX/Shutterstock

Cate Campbell has given herself the chance to finish the Pan Pacs with five gold medals after qualifying fastest for the 50m freestyle final on the final night of competition.

Campbell clocked 24.41 seconds to top the timesheets in Tokyo by 0.06 from fellow Australian E mma McKeon. World titles bronze medallist Simone Manuel of the United States was third fastest.

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Before the four-day meet concludes on Sunday, Campbell has a personal haul of three gold â€" half of Australia’s total gold tally of six to date. Australia trail only the United States who lead the meet with 11 gold.

Campbell will hope to add another gold in the 50m sprint before chiming into Australia’s 4x100m medley relay on Sunday night.

Campbell said Australia were determined to sweep all three of the women’s relays in Tokyo with a medley win. “We are going to do our very best, don’t you worry about that,” she said.

Campbell showed blistering speed on Sunday, backing up from Australia’s latest relay victory in the women’s 4x100m freestyle. “To back up last night was really exciting. To be a part of that team again is a real honour and privilege,” she said.

Campbell has regained her confidence at her first meet against the Americans since her shock sixth placing in the Rio 100m final that prompted her to take 2017 off.

In the women’s 200m backstroke, world champion Emily Seebohm was fifth fastest for the final, with 16-year-old American Regan Smith topped qualifying. Seebohm has overcome a difficult preparation after a very public break-up with teammate Mitch Larkin.

Ex-dual world champion Larkin was sixth quickest for the men’s 200m backstroke final. Olympic champion Ryan Murphy was fastest in a new championship record (one minute, 54.07 seconds).

Other Aussies in finals action on Sunday are Mack Horton and Jack McLoughlin (800m freestyle), Kaylee McKeown (200m backstroke), Matthew Wilson and Zac Stubblety-Cook (200m breaststroke), Maddie Gough and Kareena Lee (1500m freestyle), Brad Woodward (200m backstroke) and the men’s 4x100m medley relay team.

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    Source: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia

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