Australian Women’s 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay Has a Chance to be Special

When you look at the results of the women’s 100 freestyle semi-final it is hard to wait until after tomorrow night’s final to start to think what the top four women will be able to accomplish in the 400 freestyle relay in Rio.

So we didn’t.

The top four qualifiers for the final were Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie. The 4 x 100 freestyle relay team that set a world record of 3:30.98 at the Commonwealth Games was made up of the Campbell sisters, McKeon and Melanie Wright (Schlanger)

When you examine where the season’s best times of the four women on the world record relay compared to the top four performances in this evening it is not a stretch to think that they could knock a significant chunk of time off the world record.

Season’s best times in 2014:

Add up from a flat start – 3:32.66

Times from the semi-final

Add up from a flat start – 3:31.79

McEvoy Threatening Cielo’s World Record

Cameron McEvoy‘s winning time in tonight’s final was a sensational 47.04. McEvoy set a new Australian record, new Commonwealth record and his time was the fastest ever done in a textile suit.

This is a fantastic improvement for the 21 year old who has taken on the challenge of competing for Olympic hardware in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. For the last three years he has been hovering in the mid to high 47 second range:

  • 2012-13 – 47.88
  • 2013-14 – 47.65
  • 2014-15 – 47.94

In tonight’s final McEvoy drop 61 one-hundredths of a second off his lifetime best of 47.65, which he recorded at the 2014 Australian National Championships. He now needs to drop 13 one-hundredths of a second to erase Cesar Cielo‘s world record of 46.91. McEvoy was out significantly slower than the world record pace, but had an extremely strong second 50 meters to narrow the gap between himself and Cielo’s world record.

After the first five days of competition McEvoy has qualified to swim both the 100 and 200 freestyle in Rio. On Wednesday night he will look to add the 50 to his Olympic schedule.

The Next Wave of Australian Stars are on the Rise

The talent pool in Australia is deep and it showed on Monday night as 17 year olds Kyle Chalmers and Matthew Wilson gave us a glimpse of the future of Australian swimming. Chalmers finished second to McEvoy in the 100 freestyle posting a time of 48.03, qualifying to swim the race in Rio. His time was also a new junior world record beating the previous mark of 48.25 set by Matheus Santana in 2014.

Wilson came into the competition with a lifetime best of 2:11.23 in the 200 breaststroke. On Monday night he won the event in a time of 2:09.90 missing both the Olympic qualifying time and junior world record by 26 one-hundredths of a second.

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Steve-O Nolan
4 years ago

Hell, it’d be super impressive if McAvoy could final in both the 50 and 200 freestyles, let alone win any medals in those two events. (50/100 or 100/200 is tough enough, ya know?)

And I forgot about Matheus Santana. He’s been kinda sidetracked b/c of diabetes, yes?

Reply to  Steve-O Nolan
4 years ago

Santana had some problems last year.A supplement made him five kilograms heavier before PanAms.With his diabetes, any bad step is a huge one.

4 years ago

The Australia women sprinters are the world’s gold standard everyone else is playing catch up.

4 years ago

The Australian 4 × 100 free relay will be insane. Three 52s is game over. Can someone please explain why the USA women sprint free does not seem to be improving?Will we ever win this race again?

Reply to  E GAMBLE
4 years ago

Even worse, both Cate and Bronte have split sub 52, with Cate having the fastest at 51.59. Say this relay
McKeon 52.84
Elmslie 52.97
B Cambell 51.79
C Cambell 51.52
Total 3:29.12

Victor P
Reply to  Ok
4 years ago

I think they’ll go 3:28 high and win by 2 seconds.

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