Dawn Fraser tips big things for Campbell
Posted on 04/25/20 7:42 PM
Olympic legend Dawn Fraser believes Cate Campbell is on the verge of something big.n swimming legend Dawn Fraser has tipped returning star Cate Campbell to parlay her remarkable relay leg into a dominant campaign at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Campbell clocked a stunning split of 51.00 seconds in the anchor leg of the 4x100m freestyle final on Thursday night as she and sister Bronte, Emma McKeon and newcomer Shayna Jack combined to break the world record with a time of three minutes 30.05 seconds.
The elder Campbell has a busy Games schedule and could leave town with as many as five goal medals.
But the blue-riband event is Sunday’s 100m freestyle final, where Swede Sarah Sjostrom’s world mark of 51.71 may come under threat.
“(Cate Campbell) walked away from the sport after Rio and gave herself a good rest,” three-time Olympic 100m freestyle champ Fraser told AAP on Friday.
“She thought about it, then got back in the water and realised ‘hey I really do want to swim’ and that was her mental attitude, that she set for herself and she’s proven it.
“That 51 seconds she swam last night in the last leg of the relay, even with a flying start, it doesn’t matter, she knows she can swim a 51 now.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if she came out and did that in the final of the 100.”
It was one of two world records set by on opening night, with the men’s 4km team pursuit squad also setting a new mark at the Anna Meares Velodrome.
The two world-class performances were a welcome shot in the arm – both for an n team still reeling from the withdrawal of injured hurdling great Sally Pearson, and for the 2018 Games overall.
“It puts an expectation on the whole team,” said Fraser.
“That sets the example ‘if they can do it, I can do it’ and that’s the attitude they can take.”
The Campbells and Jack return to the pool on Friday night as the fastest three qualifiers for the 50m freestyle semis.
Olympic 100m freestyle champ Kyle Chalmers will fancy his chances of a podium finish after qualifying fourth-fastest for a stacked men’s 200m freestyle final which also includes countryman Mack Horton, South African Chad le Clos and Scotland’s Duncan Scott.
James Magnussen, Jack Cartwright, James Roberts and Cam McEvoy will be unbackable favourites in the men’s 4x100m freestyle final.
There are 17 gold medals on offer on day two across four sports – swimming, track cycling, weightlifting and gymnastics.
Two-time world champ Rebecca Wiasak bounced back from the disappointment of being overlooked for the n team pursuit gold-medal squad by qualifying fastest for Friday evening’s individual pursuit final.
She will square off against Rio team pursuit gold medallist Kate Archibald from Scotland in the title race, with ns Annette Edmondson and Ashlee Ankudinoff relegated to the bronze-medal shootout.
“We’re all in great form, the girls showed that last night,” Wiasak said.
“I know we’re in great shape.”
n squash No.1 Ryan Cuskelly withdrew from the singles after succumbing to a leg injury following an an opening-round win but remains hopeful of recovering to play in the doubles.