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Bronte shoulders burden for first title

Bronte Campbell has overcome ongoing shoulder pain and the ever present threat of her sister Cate to get her world swim titles defence back on track.

Bronte shoulders burden for first title

Bronte Campbell has overcome ongoing shoulder pain and the ever present threat of her sister Cate to get her world swim titles defence back on track.

The pain in Bronte Campbell's troublesome shoulder has finally subsided ahead of her dual world title defence but the sprint queen admitted to having a major pain in the neck at this week's national titles in Brisbane - her big sister Cate.

World-record holder Cate Campbell made herself unavailable for July's world titles in Budapest after nine years on the national team but was still around to keep her sister honest in Brisbane.


World champion Bronte had to dig deep to pip her sister by just 0.01 of a second to claim her maiden 50m freestyle national title on Thursday night.

Indeed Bronte had to find something special from the outset in Brisbane thanks to her sister, claiming her first Australian 100m freestyle crown on the opening night after Cate issued a warning by topping the heats.

Bronte seemed to have little to complain about after overcoming chronic shoulder pain that hampered her Rio Olympic campaign and getting her world titles defence back on track.

But Bronte admitted she would have had a major beef with her sister if she had upstaged her yet again in Brisbane.

"Cate has put in about half the effort that I have at training so it would have been annoying if she beat me," Bronte said.

"But it is an ego boost for me knowing I can beat her, even if she is not working hard."

Bronte appeared to finally emerge from her famous sibling's shadow when she claimed the 50m-100m double at the 2015 world titles but felt she had only just made a name for herself after claiming the domestic crowns.

"I have always been in Cate's shadow," Bronte said.

"So it will be weird stepping up there by myself.

"But I am looking forward to it. You have to jump out on your own sometime."

Besides finally upstaging her sister, Bronte is also buoyed by her shoulder's progress.

After Rio, Bronte began a new course of treatment to get to the bottom of her ongoing left shoulder dramas.

"If I am injury free I feel I can do this for another six years," Bronte said.

"But if there wasn't a fix I would probably pull out in one or two years.

"But we have a plan in place. In the next year I see it being fixed which is exciting."

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