Ready For Take-Off, Astro Boy Cameron McEvoy & The Australian Sprint Force

Cameron McEvoy by Patrick B. Kraemer

At this point in 2011, Australia had four sprinters in the world top 3 in all 100m races heading into world titles; sprint forward to eve of battle in Kazan, 2015, and we find six Australians in the top 3 across all 100m events, with three others on the cusp at Nos 4 and 5 and potential galore – but don’t mention the medals

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At this point in 2011, Australia had four sprinters in the world top 3 in all 100m races heading into world titles; sprint forward to eve of battle in Kazan, 2015, and we find six Australians in the top 3 across all 100m events, with three others on the cusp at Nos 4 and 5 and potential galore – but don’t mention the medals



Indeed, Australia is a force to be reckoned, with some very promising swimmers. Mack Horton comes first to mind; hopefully he can perform according to expectations, both in the 400m and 1500m freestyle. Several still young swimmers seem to have been in the picture for a long time: Emily Seebohm, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Cate Campbell, etc. Others are starting to make their mark: Bronte Campbell, Mark Horton, Madison Wilson, Mitch Larkin, Josh Beaver, etc. I hope it goes well to everyone. Particularly so in the relays. Like Japan, Australia needs more competitive male 100m butterfly swimmers. It also needs less swimmers sided or in recovery because of lessions: Mr. Magnussen, Mr. Sprenger. And it also needs good luck! I have to confess, though, that many times I miss Lisbeth Trickett, Jessica Schipper, and Stephanie Rice in the races; I really wish that they were still competing.


If the Australian swimmers cited in the above article perform their best, they will come home with a handful of medals. The problem is, in the past few years many top Aussie swimmers very rarely perform their best in the championships that matter.


aswimfan, is it correlated some how with swimming in Northern Hemisphere? If so then Rio will be perfect place for them to compete 🙂


My honest opinion is that I want the Aussies to do relatively well ( get medals etc) but not so well that they would feel the pressure of being the Olympic gold medal favourite leading into Rio.. Which unfortunately did not end so well for both Magnussen and the relay boys when they claimed world titles back in 2011…

I wouldn’t mind if the Aussies end up with a bunch of silvers in Kazan and make them hungry for Olympic gold next year… That goes for Cate Campbell and the relay girls as well



it’s not about northern or southern. It’s about summer and winter.
And Rio Olympics will still be conducted during southern winter (August).
To make things worse, the swimming finals will be performed in not only totally opposite hemisphere (western versus eastern) but also during midnight local time.

So good luck to the aussies in Rio 🙂



Chalmers’ best as a 16 yo is 48.69 which he swam at the Australian trials this year.


I missed this:

“…only totally opposite hemisphere (western versus eastern *time zones*)….”

Craig Lord

Yes, noted in copy, aswimfan. Thanks for the spot. I can’t change a quote from another source 🙂 If that’s what Jacco said, that’s what he said …


An interesting, if slightly optimistic, piece. Indeed there ARE some reasons for optimism is part of the AUS program.

Having said that, there is only one event where they have a real clear dominance/”distance on the competition” and that is the W4x100.

C1 & Seebohm can certainly be seen as narrow or equal favourites in a couple of events each but they could just as easily walk away with minor coin in both. The 4×200 has been weakened by withdrawals but is still in medal country & the 4xMED could walk away with any one of the 3 medals in what is likely to be a very competitive race.

Whilst not yet back to the sharp end, AUS W BRS is heading back in the right direction. The only concern areas remain IM & distance FS.

The men’s side remains highly problematic. Whilst the rise of Larkin & Horton to international competitiveness is pleasing; there are few other highlights other than McEvoy who faces very tough competition in his events.

There are mild positive signs in M BRS but as yet, no one post Sprenger is at the level of being competitive internationally. Fly & IM are still problematic and none of the relays are realistic medal chances; indeed some may be hard-pressed to make finals in Kazan.

London was NOT the disaster some painted it; rather it was the “return to normal service” after the “years of plenty” had passed. The standard swimming medal haul pre Sydney was 11-12 with only 1 (occ 2) gold. This is about where they stand going into Kazan …… and a fairly realistic scenario for Rio.


London was not a disaster, but Magnussen in 100 and men4x100 free SHOULD have won golds.

Sabastian Tran

I am very excited to see the Aussies swim.

I think that Cate Campbell will swim a couple of PBs. She’s come back from surgery so well, and has put in some fantastic work. I find it really hard to see anyone beating her.

Emily Seebohm I don’t think has it this season. I think she will have a blast at Rio.

The breaststroke is certainly a weak spot. Hopefully Taylor can really step up. As for the butterfly, I think Mackeon is due for a drop, but the going will be really tough for everyone when Coutts returns next year in full flight.

As for the men, I expect Larkin to make a drop. He is one of the most dedicated swimmers I have come across, and is constantly looking to improve, and his efforts out of the pool are really paying off.

Jayden Hadler needs to take a step up in a big way. He talks the talk, but he’s gotta walk the walk, consistently, as well as on the big stage.

Christian Sprenger is apparently getting on to his stroke slowly. I sense a solid 50m, and I’m not sure about the 100m. The work he’s putting in is apparently great, but he’s he’s all about his stroke, and if it’s not there for his 100m, then I doubt he’ll dip below 59secs.

Astroboy is great. I’d love to see him do well.

As for the longer distances, Mac Horton is a standout. He’ll challenge for honours in a couple of events. Fraser-Holmes, concentrating on the 400IM, I hope will drop below 4:10 finally. Larkin in the 200m back should medal. It’s his better event. I’m looking for Groves to make a really big impact on the 200fly. And I really miss my medley girls! Dying for Alicia to come back!


Coutts qualifying for Rio let alone re-attaining previous levels may well prove a debateable proposition. Possible – yes; nice to see – yes but not sure it’s likely.

There are reasons for optimism in womens BRS. McKeown was just off the top couple in the world last year but hasn’t been at that level this year. Her advance over 100, however, is a significant relief because Tonks just really “isn’t gunna get you there” !! Hopefully the likes of Hansen & Bohl may progress further and it will be interesting to see if Wallace can deliver internationally.

It will be interesting to see how McKeon progresses in fly and whether she can maintain high levels “concurrently” in both FS & fly given her status in 200fly. The jury still has to be out with regards to Groves until she can replicate domestic performances in international waters. Her 2014 forays were disappointing; lets see how Kazan pans out. Have doubts about Throssel but it’s early days and I’d love to be proven wrong.

With regards to Hadler, his international form-line speaks for itself. Over a 5-6 year international career, he is yet to make a semi-final at a “major” let alone final. A “tourist”.

Re Sprenger, him breaking the minute again is far from a done deal let alone breaking 59 !! DO agree that the 50 is his best shot for Kazan. If Packard can break the minute in Kazan, it would be an even more positive indication for the future. I don’t see either being near the cutting-edge in Kazan but they should make 100 semis. Finals would be a pleasant surprise,

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