Gold blitz from our Cate at Pan Pacs

World champion swimmer and QUT student Cate Campbell became the first Australian woman to win five gold medals at a Pan Pacific Championship in Tokyo, dominating the four-day event which finished on Sunday.

Campbell, along with five other members of QUT’s Elite Athlete Program were members of the Australian Dolphins swimming at the Pan Pacs or the Para Pan Pacs that were held in Cairns. All six are coming home with medals.

The five gold medals won by Campbell included the 100m freestyle, in which she swam at a blistering pace to record the second fastest time in history.

Details of events and medals:


  • 4×100 mixed medley relay – Mitch Larkin and Cate Campbell
  • 4×100 medley relay women – Cate Campbell
  • 4×100 freestyle relay women – Cate Campbell
  • 100m freestyle – Cate Campbell
  • 50m freestyle – Cate Campbell
  • 400m freestyle – Jack McLoughlin
  • 50m freestyle S4 – Rachael Watson (ParaPanPacs)


  • 200m individual medley – Mitch Larkin


  • 4×100 medley relay men – Mitch Larkin and Grant Irvine
  • 100m backstroke – Mitch Larkin
  • 800m freestyle – Jack McLoughlin
  • Open Water 10km – Nicholas Sloman

QUT is part of a national collaborative group of five major Australian universities that form the ATN (Australian Technology Network of Universities).

Caption: Cate Campbell poses with the five gold medals she won at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at the Tobu Levant Tokyo Hotel on August 13, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. Campbell became the first Australian woman to win five gold medals at a Pan Pacific Championship, dominating the four-day event. (Photo by Delly Carr/Swimming Australia via Getty Images)

Caption: Gold medalist Cate Campbell of Australia celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women’s 100m Freestyle on day two of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on August 10, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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