WATCH: Cameron McEvoy Swim Textile Best in 100 Free (RACE VIDEO)


Below, watch a pair of records go down at the 2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Trials from Adelaide. One was a 47.04, a new textile-world-best, Australian Record, and Commonwealth Record in the 100 free from 21-year old Cameron McEvoythe other was a Junior World Record of 48.03 from 17-year old Kyle Chalmers, as the two secured spots on the Australian Olympic team.

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As previously reported:

Even with the recent injury problems for James Magnussen, the Australian men’s sprint group is neither down nor out. 21-year old Cameron McEvoy on Monday swam a 47.04 in the 100 long course meter freestyle, which is the fastest time ever swum outside of the 2008-2009 super-suit era, the third-fastest time in history, and a new Australian and Commonwealth Record.

McEvoy’s swim is faster than the 2008 mark done by countryman Eamon Sullivan at the Beijing Olympic Games – the fastest time of those Olympics, though it was done in a semi-final and left him with only a silver medal in finals. The fastest time done by any swimmer of any nationality in a ‘textile’ suit allowable under current rules was the 47.10 done by the aforementioned Magnussen at the 2012 Australian National Championships. Magnussen was 20 when he did that swim and hasn’t been faster since.

That time by Magnussen was, in fact, done in this same Adelaide pool.

The Comparative Splits:

  • McEvoy ’16: 22.54/24.50 – 47.04
  • Sullivan ’08: 22.44/24.61 = 47.05
  • Magnussen ’12: 22.68/24.42 – 47.10

Neither of the three swimmers were ever pure sprinters, though Sullivan was moreso than the current two Dolphins – as is borne out in the splits that had Sullivan faster on the opening 50 than either McEvoy or Magnussen in their respective record-setting swims.

The current top 11 performances in the 100 freestyle of all-time:

  1. Cesar Cielo, Brazil, 46.91 – 2009
  2. Alain Bernard, France, 46.94 – 2009
  3. Cameron McEvoy, Australia, 47.04 – 2008
  4. Eamon Sullivan, Australia, 47.05 – 2008
  5. Cesar Cielo, Brazil, 47.09 – 2009
  6. James Magnussen, 47.10, Australia – 2012
  7. Alain Bernard, France, 47.12 – 2009
  8. Cesar Cielo, Brazil, 47.13 – 2009
  9. Fred Bousquet, France, 47.15 – 2009
  10. Alain Bernard, France, 47.20 – 2008
  11. Alain Bernard, France, 47.21 – 2008

McEvoy attends the University of Bond, where he trains under coach Richard Scarce and is currently studying physics.

Magnussen, meanwhile, finished just 4th in the race in 48.68, which should earn him a spot on the Australian 400 free relay, but not in the individual swim. That second individual spot will go to 17-year old Kyle Chalmers, who was 48.03.

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BayArea Swim

This is definitely among the most incredible swims I have ever seen.
His body position is so high and flat on the water.

Jon Nap

Cannot agree with you more. His body position is the reason for his success.


Using physics seems to really help to swim faster



bobo gigi

Thanks Braden for the video.
We are used now to seeing amazing things in that event at each Australian olympic trials.
Sullivan 2008
Magnussen 2012
McEvoy 2016
Chalmers 2020?
Impressive McEvoy. 47.04. Perfectly well paced. Hopefully for him he will make better than Sullivan in 2008 and Magnussen in 2012.
48.03 for Chalmers at 17. Wow! Only the beginning for him.
Roberts who is in revival mode.
Magnussen will be very important for the Australian relay.

Hopefully it can motivate American sprinters for their trials.

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