Australian swimming star Cate Campbell announces retirement

By Jurassic JennJun 27, 2024 18:09 PMSport
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Cate Campbell
Cate Campbell. Source: www.theguardian.com

Australia bids farewell to one of its greatest swimmers as Cate Campbell, renowned as the "swimming queen," announces her retirement from the sport. The decision comes after failing to secure a spot in this year's Olympics in Paris, culminating in an emotional exit from the Australian Olympic Trials in Brisbane, SSP reported.

In a heartfelt social media post, Campbell declared, "It's time to officially say goodbye to the dream I have had since I was 9 years old." Though falling short in qualifying for the 100m and 50m freestyle events, her illustrious career boasts an impressive record of achievements. With four Olympics under her belt, she has graced the podium eight times, leaving a lasting impact on Australian swimming.

Reflecting on her journey, Campbell expressed a mix of emotions and acknowledged that despite not ending as she had hoped, she looks back on her career without regret. Dedicated and determined, she poured her heart and soul into the pursuit of a fifth Olympics, delivering quality performances and garnering indelible pride amidst perceived failure.

Now aged 32, Campbell first made waves as a gifted teenager in the Beijing Games. Over the years, she has dominated the international swimming scene, clinching a total of 37 major medals, 23 of which glistened gold. Her prowess in relay events earned her recognition as one of the best relay swimmers of all time. Notably, she claimed consecutive gold medals in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the last three Olympics, all achieved in world-record times.

Beyond her achievements, Campbell has served as a role model and mentor, particularly for her younger sister Bronte, whom she has frequently competed alongside. The Campbell sisters, who embarked on this journey together since childhood, showcased their resilience when battling glandular fever to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Their bond and accomplishments have far exceeded their childhood dreams, participating in three Olympics, two Commonwealth Games, and three World Championships as a formidable duo.

As Campbell bid her farewell during her final swim, the sold-out crowd in Brisbane witnessed an outpouring of support from her teammates, joining her in the water to show their love and appreciation. Emotionally overwhelmed, she tearfully admitted, "This is the end, and it's a perfect way to exit the pool."

The announcement of Campbell's retirement prompted numerous tributes from esteemed athletes and esteemed sporting organizations, who praised her legacy and the standard she set for women in the sport. The reigning freestyle world champion, Mollie O'Callaghan, acknowledged the impact Campbell had, calling her one of the most inspirational women both in and out of the water.

Cate Campbell leaves behind an admirable legacy, inspiring generations of swimmers and showcasing the epitome of perseverance, talent, and dedication. 

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