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Sport Cate Campbell's historic swim sets up relay gold at Pan Pacs

19:52  09 august  2018
19:52  09 august  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

Horton fires Pan Pacs relay warning shot

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[2018-08-09T20:25:57.408Z] Mitchell Larkin was the lead for the Australians in the backstroke, having his first swim of the meet America experimented with a female-male-male-female strategy but that could be mixed medley relay team that just became a major player heading towards Tokyo 2020.

The sprint star set a staggering pace as she anchored a mixed medley relay team that just became a major player heading towards Tokyo 2020. It was an astonishing performance from the Queenslander, who hit the water with a clear lead over Japan' s Tomoi Aoki and Olympic and world champion Simone

Cate Campbell's comeback to the pool has gathered even more steam, with the sprint star rattling off the fastest women's relay split in history to anchor the gold-medal winning mixed medley team at the Pan Pacs in Tokyo.

Medley magic: Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard, Emma Mckeon and Cate Campbell.© AAP Medley magic: Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard, Emma Mckeon and Cate Campbell. It was an astonishing performance from the Queenslander, who hit the water with a clear lead over Japan's Tomoi Aoki and Olympic and world champion Simone Manuel, who could only steer her US squad to a surprise bronze.

Campbell was electric. No female has gone sub-51s on a relay leg and she streeted clear to give the Dolphins their first gold of the night and nudge the world record mark, with their 3min 38.91s just missing the 3:38.56 set by the Americans at last year's World Championships.

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  'Challenging': Seebohm, Larkin address torrid Pan Pacs preparation The backstroker hit the water in good style in Tokyo despite the difficult break up with team-mate Mitch Larkin, who in turn said it was a 'challenging' month.Instead of preparing in earnest to face some of the best swimmers in the world at this week's Pan Pacs in Tokyo, Seebohm was in the midst of a difficult break-up with team member and fellow backstroker Mitch Larkin.

Cate Campbell and Kyle Chalmers shined as Australia re-ignited USA rivalry on day two of the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. Asked if the Pan Pacs result had exorcised her demons, Campbell said: “Yeah, it shows I can stand up and perform when it counts.

Campbell later added a fifth gold in the women’ s 4x100m medley relay as Australia edged out the United States. Cate Campbell of Australia. REUTERS/David Gray. Triple Olympic gold medalist Murphy provided yet more American success as he cruised to victory in the men’ s 200m backstroke.

"The coaches have been scheming to put together the fastest team. They got it right this time," Campbell said.

"I knew that it was going to be tight, whether it was Japan or the US or even Canada. For me it was just about keeping a cool head and swimming my race. I got us home, which I'm pretty pleased about. Nobody likes to get caught."

There was no chance of that. Her time was almost two seconds faster than Manuel and the kind of swim that makes it so hard to believe Campbell doesn't have Olympic gold around her neck.

The task for her will be to keep that calm head and reproduce the form in the individual 100m on Friday. But on that evidence, the signs are very good for another sharp performance.

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  Cate Campbell conquers arch rival and her own fears in 100m triumph This was the moment Cate Campbell had waited for since the Rio Games. At a major meet, against some of the best in the world, she stepped up in style.Campbell's brilliant win in the 100m freestyle at the Pan Pacs meet in Tokyo can't erase what happened at the Olympics of 2016. Nothing will. But it was a hugely signficant moment for the sprint star, whose natural gifts in the water haven't always aligned with her ability to master the mental aspect of the sport.

Cate Campbell ' s full swimming biography, including Cate Campbell ' s best times, medals, news Gold -medal wining breakout At the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney Campbell At Pan Pacs she won gold in all of her events, including both relays , and picked up all gold at the

Chase Kalisz hasn't swum on any of those relays , but did win his 2nd individual gold on Saturday in The battle for gold will come down to whether Cate Campbell ‘ s anchor is closer to the You should divide Pan Pacs into two groups: those held in North America and those held half way around the But historically when the US puts up a relatively weak performance such as they did in 2014 they still win.

Mitchell Larkin was the lead for the Australians in the backstroke, having his first swim of the meet. He was surprised the Americans went with Kathleen Baker, not Ryan Murphy, and he was able to keep the Dolphins near the lead against Japan's Ryosu Irie.

"I expected Murphy for the Americans tonight but because you swim in your own lane, it doesn't really matter. We had a great swim," he said.

"We didn't even really think about [the world record] but Jake [Packard] spotted it. To be two years out and posting quick times, we're looking forward to it [Tokyo 2020]."

Packard continued his good night after taking silver in the 100m breaststroke to hand over to Emma McKeon, who had Caeleb Dressel trying to mow her down, while she was doing her best to get past Japanese teen Rikako Ikee.

The Japanese turned with a lead but Campbell snuffed that out after 20m. She hit the burners and the race was as good as over. America experimented with a female-male-male-female strategy but that could be short-lived given their result.

The mixed medley relay will makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, by which point the world mark looks certain to be lowered. Australia just announced themselves as major players.

'You made it harder than it had to be': Olympic star Emily Seebohm takes ANOTHER swipe at swimmer Mitch Larkin 'after his affair with another swimmer' .
Australian swimming sensation Emily Seebohm has taken another dig at ex Mitch Larkin on social media, a month after the former golden couple's highly publicised and messy split. The champion backstrokers are currently in Tokyo for the Pan Pacs titles, where Seebohm finished the four-day meet with two gold medals and a silver.The three-time Olympian took to Instagram on Monday to post a pic of her on the medal podium celebrating with her medley relay teammates and what appears to be another swipe at Larkin.

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