Campbell: 'I couldn't care less about swimming'
THE year's fastest 100m freestyle time was clocked by world record holder Cate Campbell at the national swim titles in Brisbane.
Not that Campbell knew - or cared.
The 24-year-old clocked a blistering 52.78 seconds in the 100m heats in what would usually be an ominous warning ahead of July's world titles in Budapest.
However, rivals can rest easy after nine-year national team veteran Campbell decided to take "long service lead" and skip the world titles in the wake of her Rio disappointment.
Campbell said her heat time had nothing to do with reminding the world she was still around despite brushing Budapest.
"I actually couldn't care less," she said.
The ex-world champion admitted to not even realising she had clocked the year's fastest 100m.
Her sister, dual world champion Bronte Campbell, has 2017's second fastest time (52.85) after relegating her sibling to third in Sunday night's final to claim her maiden national 100m crown.
"I haven't been keeping up with swimming, I haven't been keeping up with world rankings - I've been completely switching off," Cate Campbell said.
"When I come into training it's almost like a bit of recreational activity.
"If I don't feel like giving it 100 per cent in training, I don't have to."
Campbell took a break after pulling off what she described as the "biggest choke in Olympic history".
Campbell set a new Olympic record in the semi-finals before suffering a shock sixth placing in the Rio 100m final.
Her Sunday heat time would have claimed Rio 100m bronze.
Not that Campbell was taking any notice.
"It sounds really bad but I've completely disengaged with swimming," Campbell said.
"It's still a big part of my life in the future but right now, I just need to find some happy places outside of the pool."
Campbell faded in the national 100m final, with her sister taking gold ahead of Emma McKeon.
The pair qualified for the world titles team along with fourth-placed young gun Shayna Jack (53.40), who broke Bronte Campbell's national 18 year age record. "I knew I went hard this morning," Cate Campbell said.
"But I am glad I got a good time on the board.
"It shows I can still swim at least one good 100m off very little training. "But I haven't done enough to back up swims.
"I just didn't have the legs to finish it off. I have been doing a bit too much hiking and not enough kicking." Cate Campbell's next goal is Tuesday night's 200m freestyle final.