Australian star Cameron McEvoy had a very interesting day on Monday. McEvoy, who is in Tokyo getting ready to compete in the Japan Open, experienced the affects of a 5.6 magnitude earthquake had on his hotel. The earthquake occurred just outside of the Japanese capital at 9:23 pm.
McEvoy posted a video he took at the time of the earthquake on Instagram. He did express that the video did not do the experience justice.
If that wasn’t enough to deal with in one day the 22 year old came to find out that his Twitter account had been hacked. McEvoy, who has 11.8 k followers, was notified by several people that his account name had been changed and that a tweet of a topless woman had been sent out from the account.
As soon as he found out he sent a tweet out apologizing to his followers.
I'm extremely sorry about the hack on my Twitter page and thankyou to everyone who went out of their way to tell me. #DownsideOfTechnology
— Cameron McEvoy (@CameronMcEvoy) May 16, 2016
Now that those two experiences are behind him McEvoy can direct his full attention to the upcoming competition. He told the Herald Sun that his main focus at the Japan Open is to test his racing skills rather than his times.
He also told the publication that he has been very happy with how training has been going since the Australian Olympic Trials in early April, “I am about to complete the final week of the distance phase,” McEvoy said. “That’s always a great thing because mentally it’s nice to look back at what I have done.
“And it gets the foundation done for Rio, to carry me through seven days of racing at the Olympics.”
McEvoy will be racing the 400 freestyle in Tokyo with the goal of preparing himself for the challenging event schedule he will face in Rio, “The 400m freestyle is on a day that doubles up with the 100m freestyle but the 400m freestyle is on first so it would be nice to do that as a practice for Rio when I am doing the 100m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle and vice-versa,” McEvoy told Swimming Australia.
“And although I am going into it with that in mind, hopefully practicing that with a bit of racing, I know I’m going to be under fatigue and (heavy) workload, I think that could be really good; there are some great sprinters over in Japan at the moment.”
The complete Australian squad for the competition will include:
- Cate Campbell
- Bronte Campbell
- James Magnussen
- Josh Beaver
- Tamsin Cook
- Jacob Hansford
- Belinda Hocking
- Travis Mahoney
- Taylor McKeown
- Leah Neale
- Jake Packard
- Daniel Smith
- Matthew Abood
- Will Stockwell
- Shayna Jack
- Kaylee McKeown
- Gemma Schlicht
- Kenneth To