Cameron McEvoy has become the new, younger and improved face of a rejuvenated Australian Olympic Swim Team after his extraordinary performance at the National Swimming Championships last night.
Nicknamed the Gold Coast flyer, McEvoy 21, broke the Australian record in the 100 metres freestyle, the time was the third-fastest in history and the fastest ever swum outside of the super suit era of 2008 and 2009.
The stunning swim and his expected 50m result tonight have thrust McEvoy into the spotlight as not only one of the favourites for Gold but a social media darling with pictures of McEvoy swirling around the world last night showing off his physique.
McEvoy’s Instagram has almost 53,000 followers and that’s sure to swell in the lead-up to Rio.
“It puts me in a good position going to Rio. In saying that, we’ve had a history of world numbers ones going in first and not coming out with the gold,” McEvoy explained in his press conference after the race.
“And I’m very much aware that everyone else in the world will be watching this race and firing them up to get back into training at 5am the next morning to try and beat me. While it’s good, I can’t sit back and relax and think it’s going to come without any more effort in Rio.”
The pint-sized star was part of the swim team “rat pack” that got themselves into trouble with prescription drugs and partying at the London Olympics in 2012.
Although that is well and truly behind the star, the team hierarchy has gone to great lengths to keep the news positive this week at the Australian Championships in Adelaide.
For McEvoy, his immediate goal is preparing for his second Olympic tilt and taking in the glory that it brings.
Last Updated on Apr 12, 2016