2016 HANCOCK PROSPECTING AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Thursday April 7th-Thursday April 14th
- SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre – Adelaide
- Prelims – 11 am local (9:30 pm EDT previous evening); Finals – 7:45 pm local (6:15 am EDT)
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- Program of Events
- Live stream
- Live results
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 McEvoy; the 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:
- Cesar Cielo, Brazil, 46.91 – 2009
- Alain Bernard, France, 46.94 – 2009
- Cameron McEvoy, Australia, 47.04 – 2008
- Eamon Sullivan, Australia, 47.05 – 2008
- Cesar Cielo, Brazil, 47.09 – 2009
- James Magnussen, 47.10, Australia – 2012
- Alain Bernard, France, 47.12 – 2009
- Cesar Cielo, Brazil, 47.13 – 2009
- Fred Bousquet, France, 47.15 – 2009
- Alain Bernard, France, 47.20 – 2008
- 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.