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As country after country finalizes their Olympic roster, most swimmers aim to finish in the top two, or meet an Olympic qualifying time. But for some swimmers, finishing top two isn’t enough. When they get a lane, they don’t go for qualification. They go for domination.
So it was for Cameron McEvoy in the 50 Free, which historically has been a “bonus” swim for him. Coming into Trials with a personal best of 21.73, qualifying for Rio would be a good, realistic goal. Instead, McEvoy blitzed the field, winning in 21.44 by a dominance margin of 2.99%. That was the largest margin of victory in any event, male or female, and would have won silver by a tenth in London.
Some other noteworthy Dominating Swims from Down Under:
- Olympic Trials produced three new Australian records. Of those, Emma McKeon’s 200 Free record was the most dominant, at 0.61%.
- Besides McEvoy, the swimmer with a dominance factor over 2.00 was Mitch Larkin, and he didn’t even swim personal bests. But his winning time in the 200 Back (1:53.90) still dominates the 2nd-fastest Aussie of ALL-TIME by 1.69%.
- Although he finished in second, Jack McLoughlin qualified for Rio and dominated his personal best in the 1500 Free by 2.69%. The Olympic qualifier who dropped the next most time was McEvoy, who only cut HALF as much off his 50 Free.