Aussie swimmer fears no one at championships
SWIMMING: Dual world champion Bronte Campbell says she has no fears of taking on Swedish sensation Sarah Sjostrom at the world championships in Budapest.
The Australian, who is the reigning world title holder in the 50m and 100m freestyle, will come face to face with Sjostrom in the next few days, with the finals of the 100m freestyle early Saturday morning (AEST) and the 50m freestyle finals on Monday morning.
Sjostrom set a new world record on the opening night of the meet when she led off the Swedish 4x100m freestyle relay. Her time of 51.71 seconds beat Bronte's sister Cate's previous world mark of 52.06sec.
But Bronte, 23, said the Swede's impressive performances did not make her unbeatable.
"I don't think going below 52 seconds makes Sarah completely untouchable," she said.
"I think she's the first woman to do that, and she didn't just sneak below it, she smashed it. She did an incredible job.
"Leading in, we all knew she was going to be swimming fast, but it doesn't mean she can keep swimming that fast. It doesn't mean that other people can't swim that fast.
"When someone lowers a benchmark like that, it's just an opportunity for everyone else to chase it. It may happen at this meet, it may happen at the next meet, but we see it all the time.
"Someone takes a step up and the rest of the world says, 'okay cool, that's the new challenge, that's the new bar that's set and we all just step up and deal with it'."
Campbell's preparations for her individual events have been hampered by persistent should injuries, with her coach Simon Cusack saying her efforts to swim in Budapest required "pure guts".
"Coming in with less than an ideal preparation is not what you want but that's how the cookie crumbles," Campbell said.
"But I have actually had many experiences coming in with a less-than-ideal preparation so that should put me in good stead."
And Campbell proved that in the 4x100m freestyle relay with a strong time of 52.14sec, which helped Australia claim a silver medal without her sister, who has opted out of the championships.
"She was under the pump but she has shown what a class athlete she is," Cate said of her sibling.
Saturday morning's finals: Women's 100m freestyle, men's 200m backstroke, women's 200m breaststroke, men's 200m breaststroke, men's 4x200m freestyle relay