Sydney - Australia's Cate Campbell smashed the long-standing women's 100m
freestyle world record on Saturday at a meet in Brisbane in an ominous
warning to her rivals ahead of the Rio Olympics.
"We present your
new world record holder in the 100 free," tweeted the Australian Swim
Team, confirming the 52.06 seconds swim which eclipsed German Britta
Steffen's old mark of 52.07 set in Rome in 2009 during the full-body
Campbell, 24, had "put the world on notice" at the
Brisbane Grand Prix, it added, with Australian swim great Dawn Fraser
poolside to witness the new record.
She had already notched an
impressive win over her sister Bronte, the reigning world 100m freestyle
champion, in the 50m freestyle on Friday.
"I still can't believe it's happened," Campbell told reporters after her win.
have been asking me when I was going to break the world record for the
last three years and honestly it wasn't really on my mind but every time
I got in the pool, it was like will they stop asking me this question
now. Now you will."
In April, Cate had edged her sister to win an
epic 100 metres freestyle final at the Australian Championships and
Olympic trials in Adelaide.
The Campbell sisters headline a
34-strong Australian swim team heading to Rio, with several ranked world
number one on current form.
A strong showing in Brazil would be a
major turnaround for the squad, which produced just one gold at the
2012 London Olympics in a campaign marred by ill-discipline, drug use