Role reversal for Campbells as Bronte struggles with injury

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(Reuters) - Not all world champions could count on sympathy from a rival after suffering a shoulder injury but it is not only sororal love that has Cate Campbell consoling sister Bronte heading into Australia's Olympic swimming trials.

Bronte won both the 50 and 100 meters freestyle sprints at the world championships in Kazan last year, taking the longer title off Cate as the elder of the Australian siblings recovered from shoulder surgery.

The roles are reversed heading into the April 7-14 Australian championships in Adelaide, with Cate fighting fit and Bronte suffering from a mystery shoulder problem.

"I am as close to 100 percent shape as I have been in years," Cate told reporters in Adelaide.

"I am on top of injuries. Bront and I appear to have done a switch, I promise I don't have a doll under my bed and I'm not stabbing pins in it," the 23-year-old added with a laugh.

"But I really feel for her. She is going through a rough time. I am there to console her. It is a horrible thing to be injured ... but she is holding up like a trouper. I expect nothing but the best from her."

Bronte said she would not be having scans on the injury until after the championships, which double as the Olympic selection trials, but was confident she could battle through to claim a place at her second Games.

"Preparation hasn't been ideal but then again no preparation has been, and no sportsperson is going to be free of injuries," Bronte said.

"It's not something that really worries me, I don't think I've ever had a prep where some small thing hasn't gone wrong.   Continued...

 
Bronte Campbell of Australia celebrates in front of her fourth placed sister Cate Campbell (rear) after winning the women's 50m freestyle final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 9, 2015.     REUTERS/Michael Dalder