Barcelona - -Australia's Cate Campbell won the women's 100m freestyle gold at the
swimming world championships on Friday as US star Missy Franklin missed
out on claiming a fifth medal in Barcelona.
Campbell earned her first major title when she clocked 52.34sec with
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, the 100m butterfly world champion, at 0.55 back
and Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of Holland adrift at 1.08.
missed the event at the London Olympics after suffering from
gastroenteritis during London 2012, Campbell burst into tears as she
climbed out of the Palau Sant Jordi pool.
"It didn't really sink
in until I got out and heard all the Aussies screaming," said Campbell,
who held a clear lead before fading in the last ten metres.
"I think if the race had lasted 110 metres, I wouldn't have got it."
James Magnussen defended his men's 100m freestyle world title on
Thursday, Campbell's victory underlines Australia's prowess in the
Having already collected four golds in Barcelona, Franklin
missed out as she finished fourth at 1.13 back, while Germany's Britta
Steffen, whose 2009 world record was under threat from Campbell until
the dying stages, finished sixth.
"Of all my events, the 100m freestyle is the one I have worked most on," said Franklin.
"I was fifth in the London final (at the 2012 Olympics) and fourth tonight, so I am getting there."
Franklin had no time to dwell on her defeat.
15 minutes after the freestyle final, the 18-year-old was back in the
water as the fastest qualifier into Saturday's 100m backstroke final,
her strongest event in which she is Olympic champion and world-record