Fabric Of Space-Time Rippled By 47.04 Blast: Cameron McEvoy, Swiftest 2-Lapper Ever

Cameron McEvoy - fastest swim ever over 100 free - by Steve Christo, courtesy of Swimming Australia Ltd
Cameron McEvoy - fastest swim ever over 100 free - by Steve Christo, courtesy of Swimming Australia Ltd

“I doubt my finish was strong enough to pretty much make ripples in the fabric of space-time,” said Cameron McEvoy after 1:45.6 in the 200m on the centenary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Well, it surely rippled today: 47.04 – world textile record, Commonwealth record in the 100m freestyle from Astro Boy himself. Then Kyle Chalmers, 17, 48.03: the swiftest 15, 16 and now 17-year-old in history; Then James Roberts, perseverance paying off in 48.32. And Then James Magnussen, no try-again for the 2010 Olympic silver medallist by 0.01 but relay action is assured, on 48.68

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felix

Race of the meet by far. Lets hear from all those relay doubters……

Craig Lord

🙂 felixdp

Robbos

Australian swimming is rebounding well from London!!!!

Anon

i think magnussen will get better by rio, 48 low for flat? but massive * over roberts. he could be a 49+ flat and i wouldn’t be surprised

ThereaLuigi

I know it’s not classy to say I said it, but I said it: 1:45 in the 200 and 47 in the 100. Not hard to call, admittedly. But someone doubted his abilities in the 200, and he delivered.

What I did not imagine was the he would break Magnussen’s record in the 100.

I hope not even CW can find anything bad to say about a 47.04. Because I would be salivating , literally, if any swimmer from my country was able to swim that time.

Cameron McEvoy is right now the GOAT in the 100 free, period. To me this 47.04 would be around 46-mid in rubbersuit.

ThereaLuigi

Sorry I did not mean the GOAT, but the fastest ever. For now.

Eugene

Amazing. If someone has a link for the video, please share.
I like this guy a lot. He seems to be really nice dude according to his social media profiles.

p1robi

3 of the 4 are terrible relay swimmers.

ThereaLuigi

Craig, JM went 47.10 in 2012, not 2010 I believe.

I am heartbroken for him. To miss the gold for 1/100 of a second and to not be able to fight again for that gold because of injury. But it’s life. Let’s hope that he can surprise us in the 50 and qualify for that individual race, although he is not a medal contender globally.

Robbos

Why are so many dissing on Roberts, what a great story. He clearly had injuries that was not diagnosed. I am so happy with all those people who said he surf on the back on Maggie back in 2012. This is now a pretty hot relay time.

felix

Anon u serious, terrible comment from u. Aussie need Roberts massively he will step up at Rio, no doubt. Magnussen is the weak link on that team for sure, he’s got some serious work to do. If 3 of the 4 are terrible relay swimmers just who are they? McEvoy is the best on the planet, Chalmers is better the bigger the moment, that’s 2 stars & Roberts will split mid 47 guarantee it. That leaves the fragile one….

aswimfan

When McEvoy swam that 47.59 in January, there were many (we know who they are) who were snickering and outright calling mcEvoy lying when he claimed that he was not fully tapered or rested.

Well…..

aswimfan

Chalmers is a great relay swimmer (he split 47 at both worlds and junior worlds last year), he is a big event performer. There is a reason he didn’t swim the 100 at age championships two weeks ago. Good strategy by him and his coach.

And I am optimistic that both Magnussen and Roberts will improve in Rio, given more time after their injuries.

Personal Best

Well, James Roberts’ injuries and injury plagued past few years are well documented.
For him to swim the time he did is impressive.
I was certainly surprised to see him finish third, though I did hold hope he would be able to return to decent form.

Magnussen too has the scars to show for his injury. He’s struggling now, but it’s not like that 47.10 was an aberration of gargantuan proportions. He made a habit of mid 47 sec swims. Injury did take its toll, so a good result nevertheless.

Craig Lord

Thanks Thereal 🙂 I’m new to this swim coverage stuff, you’ll have to forgive me (actually, filing from an airport and very noisy hear… I think I’ve been affected by the space-time ripple 🙂

aswimfan

William Stockwell finished sixth in a 48.. so I hope the selectors take him. It will be very sweet. Tracy Caulkins is one of my favorite swimmers.

I hope Magnussen makes it in 50 free so he doesn’t have to be a relay-only swimmer. That would be very sad. 🙁
But judging by 100, it seems mcevoy and chalmers both will make it in 50 free too.

ThereaLuigi

One question for you CL: is this the same pool that Magnussen swam his 47.10 in?

Personal Best

Initial thoughts watching the men’s 100m final: this must be either a joke, or some kind of mistake on someone’s part.

McEvoy surely can’t be sprinting that first 50 that fast and that far ahead of everyone else. He may have gone out too fast and may well fade in the second 50.

Nup, he’s keeping his pace, his hand a touch ahead of the WR line with a few metres to go.

A race absolutely stunning to watch. He just commanded that from the start.

This link may work: http://www.foxsports.com.au/more-sports/australian-olympic-swimming-trials-live-coverage-mens-100m-freestyle-final/news-story/7c140695d02ae12256664dfb333e5118

Bad Anon

Missy Franklin and Nathan Adrian were the nemesis of team Australia when they won gold ahead of “sure fire” Australian athletes is Seebohm and Magnussen respectively… One hopes team Australia can turn the tables. Leaving London 2012 with no individual gold medallist was a truly humbling experience for team Australia. Rio looks set to be a different experience altogether (hopefully)

felix

Fantastic swim by Stockwell, but the selectors would actually be foolish to take him as they would have to swim him & after what happened last year they cant afford to not go full strength in heats.

As for the 50, Abood a huge chance for the 2 spot. Remember who his coach is…….big time deliverer.

aswimfan

TL,
2012 was held in Sydney Olympics pool.
This 2016 trials is in Adelaide, South Australia. I think it’s a fairly new excellent pool.

aswimfan

Coincidentally, James Roberts is in lane 3, the same lane he swam next to Magnussen in 2012.
🙂

I am waiting before someone claim he drafted mcEvoy.

Majer99

Actually 2012 trials were in Adelaide.

I think they will only take 5 swimmers for the relay for a number of reasons one they won’t want to make the same mistake as last year and rest a number of members of the team, two only McEvoy will have a large schedule so will be rested, three Chalmers will be put on the prelim to give him Olympic exposure same as they did in 2012 with Magnussen and Roberts. however would love to see Stockwell on the team great story and higher step up this year.

Pierre AGOGUE

35 cents of advance for Australia in front of France when adding the 4 best times for each nation….and the relays surprises and we are only in april…how exciting!
Great swims from aussie boys. Mas Evoy olympic should be the next olympic cahmpion!

Pierre AGOGUE

Oups! Mac…..champion, of course.

aswimfan

a little note:
In 2008 Aussie trials, Sullivan broke 100 free WR
in 2012 Aussie trials, Magnussen broke 100 free textile WR
in 2016 trials, McEvoy broke 100 free textile WR

In 2012 trials, McEvoy set fastest ever 17 yo age record
in 2016 trials, Chalmers set fastest ever 17 yo age record

commonwombat

Luigi, why would I say anything negative about McEvoy’s swim ? The time, quality and the level of dominance are self evident.

Unless someone somewhere goes and swims something utterly out of this world; he’ll have a dirty great big target painted on his back …. but that goes with being the overwhelming favourite.

Here’s hoping he’s able to keep his head and not get caught up in media hype … or start believing it.

Excellent swim by Chalmers; in many ways its probably a positive that he DIDN’T break 48 as it may save him from being “built up” too big by the media.

Commendable swim by Roberts, particularly considering the past 3 years. However, the questions asked by some ARE warranted on the indisputable evidence of his international CV. Something for the AUS selectors to ponder.

Magnussen – he gave all that he was capable of at this point in time. This will certainly be a knock to his psyche but will he be “up” for accepting the “lower billing” of just being a relay swimmer ? Is this a question the selectors be asking themselves …. and him ? Something only he can answer.

Abood – has a record of reliable relay performance. However, will the selectors be willing to “spend” 3 relay only selections on just one relay ?

Stockwell – certainly a bolter with regards to his performances but I fear he’s a long shot to be selected. Not impossible …but unlikely.

Eugene

https://twitter.com/7olympics/status/719513967064788993

Look at how amazing his swimming is. Reminds me of Alex Popov’s “relaxed” technique. Of course we know that lots of work is done underwater, but from above it really looks like McEvoy is flying without much effort. Magnussen’s stroke is more powerful but he’s struggling from the start compared to Cam.

aswimfan

The one swimmer that reminds me pretty much of Popov is actually Cate Campbell.
McEvoy’s strokes is shorter and higher tempo. He does look like flying though, he sits high and flat on the water.

ThereaLuigi

If the pool is the same of the 2012 Trials, I said already half-jokingly back then that it must be a few centimeters short of 50 meters. In 2012, both Magnussen and Roberts swam insane times in it. Now McEvoy goes Fast&Furious, Chalmers break junior records and Roberts clocks the best time in years …

Thanks to Eugene for the video. McEvoy has the perfect combination of length per stroke and stroke rate I would say.

Craig Lord

Yes, same pool – but it being short by the order of half a second would make all beyond the top 2 49ers and more, so I think we can discount that, ThereaL 🙂

ThereaLuigi

Well Craig I never talked of half a second. Centimeters, hence hundredths. But then again it would be absurd.

Craig Lord

I mention half a second because that’s the gain, Therea… and yes, it would be absurd – no other indication that something is awry 🙂

DDias

I can guess an inner joke:
“You can call me McEnjoy for my swimming fans and McEnvy for my rivals.”

Amazing swim!I could not expect him to open too fast.I wonder if that opening is an indicative of a great 50…

Craig Lord

I don’t think he’ll rival Manaudou and Co in the 50 if the pace is 21.21.3, DDias; what we’ve seen today was the honing of all things geared at the 100m (not the 50). He may well do a pb, of course …

aswimfan

A question:
Is the 24.50 second half by McEvoy fastest ever, even counting rubber suit?
I’m almost sure it is. The fastest from 2009 Rome circus is by David Walters in 24.55, Cielo was 24.74.

Yozhik, do you have any data?
As I know you love statistics and analysis, what do you think can be improved on by McEvoy? What kind of splits are ideal for him?

DDias

aswimfan,
you are talking about the top10 swims in 100?I doubt is the fastest coming home ever.There are some guys very slow in the first 50(like Phelps).

Eugene

ASF, almost:

Magnussen ’12: 22.68/24.42 – 47.10

Anyway, that’s crazy fast second half. I wish I could beat it on my 50 from the starting block…

aswimfan

DDias,
I am talking about individual swims only.
I can’t find Phelps’ individual 100 free which has faster than 24.50 second half split.

aswimfan

Eugene,
that Magnussen’s 24.42 is actually faster than McEvoy 😀

aswimfan

I have forgotten how crazy fast Magnussen’s second half was. ridiculous.

Craig Lord

Added a line to copy (with several shiny suits too) aswimfan:
McEvoy’s return is one of the fastest ever. In textile, nothing quite matches the 24.33 in which Michael Phelps returned to a 48.08 at the Shanghai 2011 World Championships leading off the USA 4x100m free relay. That swim, albeit a second slower than McEvoy today, raised hopes of a Phelps assault on the 100m at London 2012. It wasn’t to be.

Magnussen was among reasons to doubt: 22.63, 47.10 (24.37). He almost matched that when clocking 47.49 at Shanghai 2011 worlds: 23.10, 24.39, while one of his London 2012 swims stood out on the chart of fastest returns: 47.63 (23.19, 24.44).

In shiny suits, Fabien Gilot (FRA) had a 24.33 return in 2009; Pieter VD Hoogenband (NED) a 24.39 in 2008; Lyndon Ferns (RSA), 24.41; Cesar Cielo (BRA), 24.46; and David Walters (USA), 24.47.

DDias

aswimfan,
when Magnussen made 47.49, he came home in 24.39.

Craig Lord

DDias – all the article – with several other splits a touch quicker (and a small wave of shiny stuff, too)

aswimfan

Thanks Craig!

ThereaLuigi

He has good but not otherworldly underwaters. Same could be said of Magnussen when he was king of the 47” swims, or Adrian, or many others 100 free specialists.

Mark Brownell

Craig, can you please confirm splits…
I have Phelps split at Shanghai as 23.25/24.83, which is consistent with my memory that Magnussen swam away from the field (including Phelps) when he led off in 47.49 in that relay

Craig Lord

Mark, you’re correct, copy amended …I had a bad entry on my list, Magnussen’s swims the best ever. Many thanks: Phelps: r .73 23.25 48.08 24.83. Apologies aswimfan. The rest stand.

Craig Lord

aswimfan, apologies, I got the Phelps split wrong (Magnussen’s good and in the 47 club, of course, which is more meaningful in McEvoy context). Phelps was r .73 23.25 48.08 24.83.

Ben Allen

Come on guys – Phelps has the fastest return split ever from Beijing during his lead-off leg.

23.31, 24.20 – 47.51

aswimfan

CL,
That makes more sense, because I could not find Phelps’ splitting faster than 24.50, at least not individual swims (textile or rubber suit) or not in textile relay swim. The closest was in London relay (2nd leg) where he split 24.52

Craig Lord

one for the shiny suit list, Ben – replaced his textile best with that in copy – none of those splits can be compared with textile reality… Jason Lezak 46.06 etc.

aswimfan

Now that the dust has settled from yesterday’s excitement, I feel sorry for Magnussen. He took men 100 free to a completely different level, but may not have an Olympics gold to show for it by the end of his career. Magnussen has reshaped 100 free WR the same way Biondi and PVDH did to the WR progression. What Magnussen did to the (textile) 100 free WR is greater in magnitude than what Skinner, Gaines and Popov did.

Franziska van Almsick was the same in w200 free. Absolute best when in her peak, but just got unlucky everytime during the Olympics.

At least van Almsick got the recognition in the record books, while Cielo’s rubbertsuit WR unfairly obscures the magnificent swims that Magnussen did.

aswimfan

We can thank Craig Lord and SwimVortex for keeping and maintaining the real list – The All-Time Textile Top 10. No other swimming site does it.

ThereaLuigi

I am still thinking about the significance of this race.
Out in 22.54, back in 24.5. That’s the ideal 2-second gap between front and back half. Can he replicate his feat or even improve it? If he pushes it harder on the front half, he could kill his energy resources. And it’s hard for even the best back-half specialists of the world to swim faster than 24.5 on the way back. But a few hundredths can be shaved on both ends. Perhaps more on the front half? A 47 flat is not out of the question. Even a 46.9. But I doubt Cielo’s record is in danger. Obviously I would be delighted to be proven wrong.

His next taper will be at the Olympics? If so, it’s hard to believe he would swim faster in Rio than he just did in Adelaide.

ThereaLuigi

Craig, while I too thank you for your all-time textile top-10, can I ask you if there is a reason why you did not rank Mc Evoy’s 47.65 effort from 2014 in a tie with Ning Zetao*’s 6th place entry?

aswimfan

TL,
I agree with you. It’s very hard to see how this brand new textile WR can be improved on. Maybe shaving a 0.1 seconds on the way back down to 24.40?
I can’t see how mcEvoy (or anyone else right now) can go faster than 22.5 without destroying their back half.
Also, McEvoy’s turn was already impeccable, so he can’t really improve on that account. Probably can go few hundredth seconds faster on the underwater after the turn. But that’s it.

aswimfan

TL,
That all time list only contains fastest time per swimmer. Otherwise Magnussen’s multiple 47s would populate it.

Craig Lord

ThereaL: performers list, not performances… one entry per swimmer.

ThereaLuigi

I see. thanks.

ThereaLuigi

PS Aswimfan, since you seem very interested in splits, I believe Mc Evoy’s effort from February 2016 was as follows: 23.14, 47.56 (24.42).

So, slightly faster on the way back, but much slower on the way out.

aswimfan

TL,
Thanks!! Didn’t realize he was even faster. But then again, as you said, much slower first half.

It doesn’t seem there’s almost nothing he can do to improve, maybe just few hundredth or 0.1 secs max faster on the second half.

ThereaLuigi

The more I look at it, the more I find it difficult to see room for improvement.

24 mid on the way back is super fast. 50 free specialists clock around 23 from a push in training at race pace.

22.5 on the front half is super fast too.

46.99 at most for me, if that.

ThereaLuigi

ps 3 women under 53 in the 100 free finals at Aussie trials.

In my country there is not yet one woman to break 54 😀

Eugene

McEvoy is so skinny. If he manages to gain some muscle with no harm to his form and endurance, he will break 47. The technique is perfect, body position is great. All he can improve is the power of his pull which requires bigger and stronger muscles. But everything has its disadvantages.

Craig Lord

Indeed, Eugene – his power to weight ratio looks excellent. Muscles always mean caveat emptor for swimmers (shiny suits apart, for they changed that important dimension in radical fashion)

aswimfan

More muscles also means more oxygen needed, and if he gets too muscly he won’t be able to maintain the same technique (breathing every 4 strokes) while hoping to get faster.

As you said: we cannot escape physical laws, and everything has advantages and disadvantages.

JMott76

Craig, you forgot Agnel’s 47.84/=9 all time textile.

Scary to think a PVDH-equaling performance could leave you locked out… yet it happened to Yannick. No matter: In my book he ‘s still, at this point, the 4th best 100m free Olympian ever, medals/race position be damned 🙂

PS. Commiserations to The Missile. To this day an absolute DISGRACE for anyone to label 47.53 as “choking” (not up to his trials swim, true, but still faster than all but one textile ever in OG, who happened to be in same race!). Media folks/casual fans who fail to grasp this isn’t a contact sport where you directly offset your opponents; you can only swim your best that day and it’s either good enough for gold or it isn’t… No shame whatsoever if you’re super-fast yet don’t happen to touch first (times imo far more important in context of history, apologies for rant!).

Craig Lord

JMott – the tricky 3-way tie caught me out (searched top 10 only – that’ll teach me 🙂 Now in the list. (and no apology needed)

ThereaLuigi

Totally share Jmott’s sentiments regarding Magnussen. People does not appreciate what it means to just be able to swim an Olympic final. Let alone get a silver medal, and by only 1 hundredth of a second!

I wonder now, was it just the injury or was it also the change of coach?

ThereaLuigi

*do, not does

gheko

James Roberts, now training with coach Ashley Callus, expect him to be flying in Rio!

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