Cameron McEvoy has shown his national swimming titles success over James Magnussen was no fluke by triumphing at the Canberra Grand Prix.
Rocket science fan Cameron McEvoy has again made “The Missile” James Magnussen misfire, proving his national swimming titles success was no fluke by downing the world champion at the Canberra Grand Prix meet.
Despite heavy training ahead of July’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, McEvoy clocked an impressive 49.11 seconds to claim the 100m freestyle ahead of Kenneth To (49.30) and Olympic silver medallist Magnussen (49.49) at the AIS pool on Saturday.
Despite giving away 13cm in height and 24kg to colossus Magnussen, the whippet-like McEvoy upset the world champion to pull off the 100m-200m freestyle double at April’s national titles in Brisbane.
And the 20-year-old physics student again came up with the right formula to down Magnussen in the two-lap sprint in the one-day Canberra meet in an ominous sign ahead of the Glasgow Games.
Magnussen (22.28) turned the tables on McEvoy (22.50) in the 50m freestyle.
McEvoy tied with Thomas Fraser-Holmes (one minute 48.37 seconds) in the 200m freestyle.
Magnussen still boasts the world’s fastest 100m time for 2014 (47.59) ahead of McEvoy (47.65).
However, times were not important at the invitational meet, the first of three grands prix to be held in two months, which boasted more than 80 of Australia’s best swimmers.
Still that did not stop world champion Cate Campbell from clocking her second fastest 100m freestyle time of the year – and 2014’s third quickest in the world.
Campbell (52.74) was too good for rising star Emma McKeon (53.43).
McKeon (1:56.27) backed up to win the 200m freestyle ahead of fellow young gun Brittany Elmslie (1:58.23).
Swimming in three teams – captained by Olympic gold medallists Ashley Callus, Bill Kirby and Petria Thomas – Campbell joined fellow world champions Magnussen and Christian Sprenger in Canberra along with a number of young Games-bound swimmers.
Athletes did not know what team they would feature in until the eve of the event.
“We wanted to create a fun meet, where swimmers were taken out of their comfort zone a little …as a result they had to work together as a team,” national head coach Jacco Verhaeren said.
“On an elite level we ask swimmers to deliver whatever the circumstance are, so challenging that is a good way to prepare and what we saw, the level of swimming was very good, so that is pleasing.
“I was very happy with the times and with the team atmosphere and culture.”
The next grand prix will be in Brisbane from June 6-7.
Meanwhile, Sprenger has joined the Australian team’s leadership group, replacing the retired Brenton Rickard.