Cate Campbell has won her first Commonwealth Games gold in the women’s 50m freestyle and her second on the Gold Coast.
Campbell, who had anchored Australia to a world record and victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay on Thursday night, touched the wall in a Games record and personal best time of 23.78 seconds.
Her younger sister Bronte, a former world champion in the event, finished equal second with Canada’s Taylor Ruck, with both stopping the clock in 24.26.
Campbell fed off the parochial Southport crowd, who had let their allegiance be known as the finalists stood behind the blocks.
“When the crowd started chanting ‘Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!’ just before the start, [I thought] this is goose bump stuff,” Campbell said.
While public expectation is always high at a home Games, Campbell said she was having no trouble handling the pressure.
“That’s what we thrive on and the thing I’ll probably miss the most when we retire,” she said.