(RACE VIDEO) Cate Campbell Blasts Second Fastest 100 Free In History At Pan Pacs

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The second night of swimming at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo got off to a flying start. Australia’s Cate Campbell seems reborn after a disappointing Rio Olympics and sitting out the 2017 World Championships. Campbell has since lost her world record she set before the Olympics two years ago, but swam the second fastest time ever in the 100 free on Friday night in Tokyo.

Campbell swam a 52.03 in the 100 free final to sit second all-time in the world rankings behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.

Campbell was the class of the field finishing ahead of reigning World and Olympic Champion in American Simone Manuel (52.66). Canada’s young hot shot Taylor Ruck (52.72) finished with the bronze. Ruck moved to sixth in the world and eleventh all-time with her swim.

The rest of the field was pretty stacked as young stars Mallory Comerford (52.94) and Rikako Ikee (53.14) finished off the podium in the final. Comerford put herself in the top eight in the world with that swim, despite not getting on the medal stand.

Canada’s Kayla Sanchez (53.68), Australia’s Shayna Jack (53.74) and Brazil’s Larissa Oliveira (54.78) also swam in the final.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Cate Campbell, AUS, 52.03
  2. Bronte Campbell, AUS, 52.27
  3. Simone Manuel, USA, 52.54
  4. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 52.67
  5. Pernille Blume, DEN, 52.72
  6. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 52.72
  7. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 52.74
  8. Mallory Comerford, USA, 52.94

All-Time Rankings

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 51.71 (2017)
  2. Cate Campbell, AUS, 52.03 (2018)
  3. Britta Steffen, GER, 52.07 (2009)
  4. Simone Manuel, USA, 52.27 (2017)
  5. Bronte Campbell, AUS, 52.27 (2018)
  6. Mallory Comerford, USA, 52.59 (2017)
  7. Libby Trickett, AUS, 52.62 (2009)
  8. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 52.69 (2015)
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