Australia’s Cate Campbell and Emma Mckeon are set for an epic duel in Friday’s women’s 4x100m freestyle fine, while Australia has qualified fourth fastest for the mixed medley relay final on Saturday.
NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder, Campbell, swam in the first of the two 100m semi-finals, and after touching second at the first 50m, comfortably held her position to touch home in a time of 52.71 behind Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette Haughey.
Campbell’s Dolphins teammate then dived into semi-final 2 off the back of her Olympic record swim in Wednesday’s heats. McKeon’s leading position never looked in doubt and finished in 52.32 as the fastest qualifier.
The second semi-final placed the four-time Olympian as the third-fastest qualifier for the final, with both Australians set to take central lanes as favourites to claim podium positions.
In the evening’s mixed medley relay heats, Australia raced in heat 2 of the competition, nominating NSWIS scholarship holder Bronte Campbell to anchor the team in the freestyle, after legs from Isaac Cooper, Zac Stubblety-Cook and Brianna Throssell.
Following the first three legs, Australia sat back in fourth position, providing Campbell (Bronte) with some work ahead. The veteran swimmer showed her experience and quickly swam up on the leading teams. In the final 50m, it was a race between Australia and China with the three-time Olympian just being touched out by the strong Chinese team.
Finishing with a time of 3:42.35, Australia qualified as the fifth fastest team behind Great Britain, United States and China, with a medal well within reach.