Born May 13, 1994 Cameron McEvoy is an Australian swimmer and 2012 and 2016 Olympian. McEvoy was born is from the Gold Coast, Australia and trains with QAS under Coach Richard Scarce. He is about six-feet tall, and specializes in the 100m and 200m freestyles.
McEvoy studies physics at Griffith University with the hopes of becoming an astronaut.
In addition to his international successes, some of his Australian career highlights include winning the Australian nationals and breaking Ian Thorpe’s 100m freestyle record in the 16-year-old and 17-year-old age groups. He’s also the fifth-fastest 100m freestyle swimmers of all time.
McEvoy is studying physics, his other passion – he’s most inspired by the 1965 Nobel prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman. One of his biggest superstitions is making sure to knock on wood after saying something like, “I never get sick.” McEvoy is also a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan, and he once met Kobe Bryant and gave him a pair of “Australian swimmers”.
Breaking out on the swimming scene with gold medals
McEvoy is relatively new on the international swimming scene. In 2011 he had an impressive performance at the FINA World Junior Championships, winning gold in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, bronze in the 200m freestyle and the 800m freestyle relay. The same year he won the 100m freestyle at the Singapore World Cup.
At just 17 years old, McEvoy qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. He swam in the heats of both freestyle relays, and he finished fourth as a member of the 400m freestyle relay, and fifth as a member on the 800m freestyle relay.
World Cup and Championships
He also swam at the 2012 Short Course FINA World Cup, where he swam his best times in both the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle. At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, McEvoy won silver as a heat swimmer on the 400m medley relay, and he also finished fourth in the 100m freestyle, the 400m freestyle relay, and seventh in the 200m freestyle.
More Hardware in 2014
McEvoy won two Australian titles in the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle at the 2014 Australian Championships. He then went on to win gold in the 100 meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships.
2015 FINA World Championships
With more experience under his belt came more medals than two years before. McEvoy’s best performance came in the 100 meter freestyle where he finished with a silver, just 0.11 seconds behind gold. He added another silver as the freestyle leg of the 400 meter medley relay and a bronze as the lead off in the 800 meter freestyle relay. He also made the final in the 200 meter freestyle, finishing 8th.
2016 Australian Championships
McEvoy had a stunning week at the Australian Olympic trials, becoming the first Australian man to win the three sprint freestyle events at the same championship meet. He started out his record setting week touching at the exact same time as Thomas Fraser-holmes to win the 200 meter freestyle. Up next was his best event, 100 meter freestyle. He broke the Commonwealth and Australian record in 47.04 which placed him 3rd in the history books for the event. He managed gold again in the 50 meter freestyle finishing over half a second ahead of the rest of the field.
2016 Rio Olympics
In his first final in Rio, McEvoy anchored the 400 meter freestyle relay bring the Australian team home to a bronze medal. His split of 47.00 was the second fastest of all the swimmers, behind only Nathan Adrian of the United States.
He picked up another bronze medal for his efforts in the heats of the 4×100 meter medley relay. He joined Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard and David Morgan to qualify for the finals, where McEvoy was replaced by Kyle Chamlers.
In his individual events, McEvoy finished 7th in the 100 meter freestyle final in 48.12. He finished 11th in the 50 meter freestyle semi-finals in 21.89. McEvoy pulled out of the 200 meter freestyle to rest for his main event, the 100 meters freestyle.