Space-Time Rippler Cameron McEvoy Is Fastest Dolphin On A Dash Ever: 21.44 (Tex)

Cameron McEvoy by Steve Christo, courtesy of Swimming Australia Ltd

Space-time rippler Cameron McEvoy, a 47.04 in the treasury on the way to a crack at the Olympic crown over two laps freestyle in Rio this August just warped his best speed again: 21.44 down one lap. In a textile suit, no Australia has ever been faster, the 21.52 of James Magnussen from 2013 confined to the thread of history, only the buoy and surf of shiny suits ahead of McEvoy on the clock, Ashley Callus on 21.19 in 2009.

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Space-time rippler Cameron McEvoy, a 47.04 in the treasury on the way to a crack at the Olympic crown over two laps freestyle in Rio this August just warped his best speed again: 21.44 down one lap. In a textile suit, no Australia has ever been faster, the 21.52 of James Magnussen from 2013 confined to the thread of history, only the buoy and surf of shiny suits ahead of McEvoy on the clock, Ashley Callus on 21.19 in 2009.



DDias has a theory that sprinter cannot be excellent in both 50-100-200 at the same time. But here we have 21.4 – 47.0 sprinter, and add 1:45 to that as well.

I know I have been saying this many times for years, but he is truly the heir of PVDH.


And yes, it shows again that good start in 50, and mcEvoy start was superb with excellent RT of 0.59
If only Cate has similar start, she would be unbeatable in 50.


No one has ever made this on men side, first time ever (Many tried, Adrian, Cielo, Manadou among others). Amazing, he know have a shot on medalling on all 3 races (Don´t know if the 50 or 200 will be harder to medal)


Even if he does medal in 50-100-200 he will not be the first one.

Hoogie has done it already 16yrs ago.

Craig Lord

And Matt Biondi before that, TommyL … 1988 (first time possible), as noted in article.


Its all frankly “academic” until we have the full “roll-out” of Trials Seasons and have a read on Who from Where is swimming What.

If I had to make a call at this point on any notional McEvoy treble prospects. I would see the 200free as being easily the most problematic. Whereas he is at or near the sharp end of the 100 and 50; he is merely in the ranks of the 1.45 scrum at 200.


Yesterday, I wrote that Cate Campbell should have killed 50 free every time, as she has by far the fastest easy/raw speed among all top sprinters. But she lost the race often, due to her very mediocre start.
Well, today in the 20 free semi, her start was ok (less than decent, for an elite sprinter). Her RT was somewhat better at 0.78 and so she scorches 23.93, a new textile WR.


I agree with commonwombat re:Mcevoy’s prospect in 200 free.
I don’t think he is yet comfortable swimming 200. He is nowhere near the level of Sjostrom in 200. But it is clear he has gained a lot of speed, I would guess all those muscles gained from weight training finally produced something.


Thanks for the info! If mcevoy does the 50-100-200 it will be even more impressive than the ones before. The top level on 50 specially is much stronger than before
We have now 4 swimmer who already swam sub 21,4 and maybe dressel.can do that. Before there were not many potential winners.


In principle, I agree with Rafael and DDias, it is much harder to medal in both 50-100 at the same time right now, as the competition in both sprint events are just mindboggling.


This comment actually does not refer to McEvoy but actually the 2nd AUS spot. Abood missed the AUS QT and finished 5th in the 100; neither of which will guarantee him selection.

Whilst I feel they will take 5 (but no more) for the 4×100, will they give Abood the individual swim in the 50 (he bettered FINA A easily) ?


Of course they have to take Abood, that way SAL can register/submit him as individual event swimmer instead of relay-only swimmer.
Remember, with the new relay-only policy, every federation is trying to minimize the number of relay-only swimmers they bring.


They should but they are not strictly obliged to. It WILL be interesting to see which way selectors go with the “near misses”.

I discount Palmer’s (2nd M100brs) chances as he wasn’t conceivably close to the QT but Wilson (200brs) and Tranter (200IM) could be very tricky calls.

On the surface, one would plump for Wilson as an up and comer with a string of PBs and World Juniors silver on his CV ahead of Tranter who’s international record is mediocre. However to select Wilson but not Tranter will almost certainly see them subjected to appeal proceedings.


Wilson has stronger claim than Tranter:
He swam two events under FINA A, and he is needed for breast leg in medley relay.

I think you have forgotten Sullivan’s 21.28 WR that he set in 2008 Aussie trials.


He’s not strictly “needed” for medley relay, he would only be “insurance” in case Packard is ruled out of the meet due to illness/injury.

Under normal circumstances, Packard would swim both heats and finals as he only has the 100brs and isn’t likely to have been ‘over-worked”.

Craig Lord

Not forgotten, aswimfan – just didn’t mention it… both Callus and Sullivan have two swims faster apiece than McEvoy’s effort today. Callus 21.19, 21.24 & Sullivan 21.28 and 21.41. (I see what you mean though, it sounded like I’d said that 21.19 was the only one above Cam’s time today – tweaked to make sense, thanks).

Felix Sanchez

I have to admit I doubted whether someone could be so competitive in 50-100-200. Although after Cseh’s 50fly last year who knows what to think (I think aswimfan pointed out at the time that he was faster than Crocker – mindboggling!) (I know freestyle is a bit different)

Maybe McEvoy is just developing into the perfect 100 swimmer, so will win there and has the combination of speed and endurance to be competitive in both 50 and 200, but will fall just short in both.


The comparison with the Flying Dutch is the most apt: elite in the 50 and the 2000, a mile ahead of the competition in the 100.

Another heartbreak for Magnussen. He is now a mere relay swimmer for Aus. Was it the change of coach or did he have surgery too late and should have done it before? Or neither of the two?


* 200, not 2000 of course 🙂


The 50-100-200 comparison with Sjostrom should be done coutiously. The probability of winning three freestyle gold medals is about the same as winning no medals at all. What an amplitude of this swings. We haven’t seen yet what Dutch girls are up to and the situation with women 200 fs is only starting getting some shape. I think that Sjostrom wishes to be at McEvoy position. His statement done at this trials is much stronger compare to what Sjostrom did in Stockholm two weeks ago.

Blah Blah

It always surprises me how swimmers can excel at a 20 second race and a 2min race at the same time. Not many can, but the fact even some exist I still find surprising.



re:Magnussen, I think it’s a combination of many things. He made too many changes at almost the same time:
1. Surgeries that were too late
2. Changing coach, but not only that, his current coaches are almost as young as he is and yet to be proven/lack experience
3. And another thing that I have observed is that he doesn’t race much, especially for a sprinter who should race more often to sharpen racing skills. I think he only went to two or three meets in the past one year after the Aussie trials. In the past when he was at his peak, it wasn’t a problem even though he still went to more meets, but now when he needs to hone his racing skill even more instead he cut down on them.


Hey, I told some days ago McEnvy(McEnjoy for fans) was fast.After opening in 22.54, I thought he was going to blast one eye opening 50.

My theory is pretty simple:
The over specialization turned the capacity to do a TOP 50 and a TOP 100 at the SAME competition very rare.The training become so different you can’t even compare.The recent past tell how many tried and failed.Maybe McEvoy will be the exception.He is a very intelligent guy, probably he will see some faults at every past swimmer and correct their mistakes in his own race.His RT is very good and his breakout too.


I agree with ThereaLuigi here, he (McEvoy) is amongst the elite in 50 & 200, which makes his 100 so strong. He is the gold medal favorite for the 100 & a medal contender for the 50 & 200. For the 50, the competition is strong, but in the 200 the competition is weaker without knowing Guy’s time or Americans just yet.

Personal Best

CW, agreed, Wilson is the more logical choice for selection.

Wilson is not NEEDED for the relay, but without a second breaststroker, the Aussie relay cannot participate if anything was to happen to Packard.
They can by using one of the IM guys, but chances of a medal are gone.
Wilson comes in if anything was to happen. Sure he’s not the fastest of the rest in the 100, but his selection would be two fold, the 200 win and swim his, particularly him being 2 seconds clear of the second contender.


Here is a video of the 50 free final. Note, at around 1:50, how little McEvoy rotates his hips. Also, he fully extends his arms before going into the catch. I find this technique very different from that of most 50 free specialists.

p.s. if Manaudou wasn’t around, 21.4 at trials would put McEvoy in contention for gold in Rio.



You are right, very flat, very little hip rotation, and full arms extension. I think he can do those technique because he sits higher than most sprinters.

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