52.38 seconds. That's all it took for Cate Campbell to qualify for Rio in the women's 100m. Well, apart from the years of training and preparation of course.
"It feels like I've been on the road to Rio forever, I'm now on the plane to Rio," she said straight out of the pool.
Cate defeated her sister Bronte, current 100m world champion, by just two-tenths of a second (her time: 52.58 seconds).
"That was all I wanted, to get on that team," Bronte said.
The Campbells' times are the fastest of the year. Cate came achingly close to Britta Steffen's (Germany) world record 52.07 of "super suit" era in 2009.
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Despite finishing third, Emma McKeon posted a strong time of 52.80, faster than the current American record of 53.02 held by Amanda Weir since 2009. She could form part of a formidable relay Olympic team, the Campbells automatically qualifying for this event.
It will be the first time the sisters will compete together. In 2012, Bronte qualified for the 50m freestyle and could not take part in the 4 x 100m relay.