Campbell wants gold at Rio, not records: coach

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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A month out from the Olympics, Cate Campbell's 100 metres freestyle world record is a testament to her class and determination but the Australian will not chase the time in pursuit of gold at Rio de Janeiro, according to her long-serving coach.

Campbell's 52.06-second swim at the Brisbane Grand Prix on Saturday shaved just one one-hundredth of a second off Britta Steffen's seven-year-old mark but landed a heavy psychological blow to her rivals, including her world champion sister Bronte.

None have come close to German Steffen's time which was set in a now-banned synthetic suit in 2009.

Bronte Campbell is a distant second in the world rankings, her best time of the year more than half a second slower than her older sister's.

Simon Cusack, mentor to both Campbell sisters, was bursting with pride after Cate tore up the Brisbane Aquatic Centre but was also quick to remind her that the world record would mean little on the starting block at Rio.

"Whilst it's really nice to have the mark, it’s no guarantee of what's going to happen at the Games," the Brisbane-based 39-year-old told Reuters on Monday.

"Winning a gold medal comes down to one moment in time and not only do you need great preparation, you do sometimes need a little bit of luck on your side," he added.

"When you're living in an Olympic village with people coming from all corners of the globe and eating out of the same food hall you get exposed to a lot of viruses and bacteria.   Continued...

 
Australia's Cate Campbell reacts after the women's 100m freestyle semi-final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder  - RTX1NBTC