BRONTE Campbell’s march towards Paris 2024 – and her fourth Olympics – continues as planned with the 29-year-old back in the winner’s circle at the Australian Short Course Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Campbell lead from first stroke to the last in the 100m freestyle to win in 52.39 with Sydney Brown second (54.17) and Sarah Locke third (54.98). The five-time world champion will also contest the 50m splash and dash.
Going into this meet, Campbell said: “If I think about the road ahead, and this whole year to go … it becomes quite overwhelming so I just kind of take it one session at a time.”
But there was no doubting Campbell’s delight as she thanked the crowd for their support.
“I’m so proud to be here … and see this next generation come through. I’m just enjoying being back in this pool where I’ve had so many great memories. As a little kid it was never about winning Olympic gold, it was about wearing the green and gold,” she said.
“And the thought of going to four Games is way bigger than I could have ever dreamt.”
Cody Simpson also broke through for his first national Australian Short Course title, winning the 100m free in 47.85 with Tomas Kapocius second (47.94) and Joel Ivory third (48.16).
In other events, IM specialist and defending titleholder Kayla Hardy (4:35.64) – who shares the same coach as Campbell in Shannon Rollason – cruised to victory in the 400 IM with Lucy Dring second (4:39.06) and Emily White third (4:43.97).
Newly minted world record holder Jack Ireland backed up his S14 multi-class 200m free title by winning the multi-class 50m free and the versatile Thomas Hauck added the 200m back to his 100m back title.
In the women’s 200m back, a fast-finishing Abbey Webb (2:07.61) out-touched Adriana Fydler (2:07.80), daughter of Olympic gold medallist Chris, with Bella Grant (2:08.17) third.
Grant is swimming at this meet just days after returning from a successful campaign for the Junior Dolphins in Israel where she won three medals.
Women’s 200 Back: Gold: Abbey Webb (2:07.61, Cruiz); Silver: Adriana Fydler (2:07.80, Miami); Bronze: Bella Grant (2:08.17, Trinity Grammar)
Men’s 200 Back: Gold: Thomas Hauck (1:53.08, All Saints); Silver: Marius Boll (1:56.65, Carlile); Bronze: Caleb Dryer (1:57.81, Trinity Grammar)
Women’s 50 Free MC: Gold: Taylor Corry S14 (27.54, Kincumber Pacific Dolphins); Silver: Madeleine McTernan S14 (27.78, Sharks Aquatics); Bronze: Yasmine-Bella Younes S14 (28.97, Bankstown Sports)
Men’s 50 Free MC: Gold: Jack Ireland S14 (23.85, University of Queensland); Silver: Ahmed Kelly S3 (50.62, Yarra Plenty); Bronze: Jarred Dyer S14 (25.42, Dapto)
Women’s 50 Breast: Gold: Maaike Vrij (31.55, Surrey Park); Silver: Tara Kinder (31.58, Melbourne Vicentre); Bronze: Sienna Walo (31.64, Darwin)
Men’s 50 Breast: Gold: Nash Wilkes (26.74, Southport); Haig Buckingham (26.94, SOPAC); Joshua Seignior (27.20, Propulsion)
Women’s 100 Free: Gold: Bronte Campbell (52.39, Cruiz); Silver: Sydney Brown (54.17, Wests Illawarra); Bronze: Sarah Locke (54.98, Wests Illawarra)
Men’s 100 Free: Gold: Cody Simpson (47.85, Griffith University); Silver: Tomas Kapocius (47.94, Knox Pymble); Bronze: Joel Ivory (48.16, Knox Pymbol)
Women’s 50 Breast MC: Gold: Ashley Van Rijswijk SB14 (35.50, Wagga Wagga); Silver: Montana Atkinson SB14 (38.55, Helensvale); Bronze: Anna Leighton SB14 (42.55, Ballarat Gold)
Men’s 50 Breast MC: Gold: Ahmed Kelly SB3 (52.38, Yarra Plenty); Silver: Riley Moore SB9 (32.12, Woy Woy); Bronze: Dylan Logan SB15 (31.14, Geelong)
Women’s 400 IM: Gold: Kayla Hardy (4:35.64, Cruiz); Silver: Lucy Dring (4:39.06, Sunshine Coast Grammar); Bronze: Emily White (4:43.97, Marion)
Men’s 400 IM: Gold: Oscar Kreutzberger (4:16.86, North Albury); Silver: Jack Gurrie (4:19.04, Nunawading); Bronze: Harrison Biddell (4:20.03, Marion)
Women’s 100 Back MC: Gold: Madeleine McTernan S14 (1:08.76, Sharks Aquatic); Silver: Taylor Corry S14 (1:09.64, Kincumber Pacific Dolphins); Bronze: Montana Atkinson S14 (1:13.77, Helensvale)
Men’s 100 Back MC: Gold: Declan Budd S14 (1:02.80, Knox Pymble); Silver: Alexander Tuckfield S10 (1:02.78, Southern Sydney); Bronze: Harrison Vig (1:04.50, University of Queensland)
Mixed 4×50 Free Relay: Gold: Knox Pymble (1:35.07, Joel Ivory, Tomas Kapocius, Bella Zhang, Paris Zhang); Silver: Somerville House (1:35.21, Jack Taylor, Kalani Ireland, Sophie Martin, Elloise Doolan); Bronze: Warringah (1:37.14, Hamish McLellan, Lachlan Davies, Clare Robertson, Dominique Melbourn).
- Day 3 Friday – Heats start 10am; finals 6pm
- Tickets for all sessions from Ticketek
- Every race will be available and free on 9NOW
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