After Dropping 200 Free, Cam McEvoy Still Focusing on 4×200 Free Relay

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.

McEvoy in training at Auburn (photo: Delly Carr / Swimming Australia Ltd.)

McEvoy in training at Auburn (photo: Delly Carr / Swimming Australia Ltd.)

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.


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4 years ago

Do the Aussies have any shot at gold? Or will they more likely battle the Brtis for 2nd?

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Reply to  KTHW
4 years ago

I think they have every chance of winning.

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4 years ago


Reply to  KTHW
4 years ago

USA is still hot favorites for men’s 4×200 gold.

Reply to  NotSoFastSwimmer
4 years ago

Yep!!!! I think it’s the US to lose!!!

Reply to  robbos
4 years ago

Agree, this is probably not the greatest US M4X200 of all time but, realistically, they don’t need to be. They will be smarting after dropping the ball last year and aren’t likely to give anyone else a sniff.

GBR don’t look nearly as good as last year, hold onto a podium … maybe ?

Would expect some of the Euros to be considerably better than last year, one of them may crash the podium

AUS …. reasonable minor medal chance. presence of a couple of iffy performers make them a less secure bet than I’d like

Reply to  KTHW
4 years ago

Think your being very kind on us Brits to say we’d be battling for silver

4 years ago

Mckeon will blow it again, 1.47.
Smith and TFH will get the job done, mcevoy 1.46.0 lead off doesn’t like to be under pressure on the 200.
Should be silver, could not medal depending on mckeon. If Horton is swimming well could be good if he makes the relay, but they won’t drop mckeon.

Reply to  Skoorbnagol
4 years ago

DAVO will win it for Australia & will be carried aloft thru every city & the people will wave palms & throw franjipanis .

Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Well put Gina.

Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

The pigs have just been cleared for take-off on Runway One !

4 years ago

Usa is too strong to loose that race – they lost it last year in Kazan – won’t happen again . The Aussies should be battling for 2d with GB .

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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