Cameron McEvoy, the 100m free favorite in Rio, has settled into training at Auburn University and is making final preparations for the Rio Olympic Games.
McEvoy’s coach, Richard Scarce, said that “it’s been great, beautiful weather and it’s been lovely to get out of the winter back home, not that it’s that bad! We’ve been here about a week now and it’s taken a little bit to adjust but he has had a pretty good set today. We’ve done all the work we need to do really at home and now it’s just a polish up and adjust to the time-zone.”
“There’s a great team vibe and the guys are very relaxed around each other and there’s no sort of pressure to feel as though they have to perform here; it’s all about getting ready together as a team and going in to give it our best,” said Scarce.
McEvoy will contest the 50 and 100 free individually in Rio, and is expected to star on all three relays for the Australians.
He decided to drop the 200 free from his schedule, hoping to focus on his sprint events and to be as fresh as possible in the relays.
Coach Scarce on McEvoy dropping the 200: “Just more relief than anything, that we have made the decision and moved on from there. It was always a tough one but really there’s no regrets or anything like that. It’s on with the work, nothing’s changed, if anything he’s been keeping himself really honest with all the work and of course you know, he’s still got that 4x200m relay. That’s a huge chance for the boys to do well and work together as a team. They’re a good bunch of guys, so he is keen to do his best.”
The Australian team has less than a week before they leave for Rio, as they’ll fly down this coming Sunday, the 31st. There will also be a team media day at Auburn on Wednesday the 27th.