July 02, 2016

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Australian swimmer Cate Campbell broke the 100-meter freestyle world record at the Brisbane Grand Prix on Saturday.

Achieved during Campbell's final competition before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the former world champion clocked 52.06 seconds, eclipsing German Britta Steffen's previous mark of 52.07 at the 2009 world championships.

''It happened when I least expected it ... people have been asking me when am I going to break a world record for the last three years. Now they will stop asking me the question,'' Campbell said.

It was the first individual world record by an Australian swimmer since the controversial 2008-09 now-banned ''supersuit'' period.

Campbell took the No. 1 world ranking in the 100 with her 52.38 at the Australian trials in April.

She said she would trade the record for a gold medal at Rio.

''Anyone who goes to the Olympics and says they are not after gold are kidding themselves,'' she said.

She expected the time to also encourage her sister Bronte, the 50 and 100 freestyle world champion. Her younger sibling was not in action on Saturday due to illness.

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