SWIMMING: Cameron McEvoy, who became the first swimmer to win the freestyle sprint trifecta at this year’s Australian Swimming Championships, has dropped the 200m from his Rio Olympics program.
The Queenslander will instead focus on the 50m and 100m.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, especially seeing I have been doing the 200m freestyle internationally for so long and it has been one of my favourite and main events for my entire swimming career,” he said.
“But we have had to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of the entire week and remember that I am only human and that I do have my limitations.”
David McKeon, who will also contest the 400m freestyle in Rio, will now join Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the individual 200m.
“If the program was more like the world championship years then I am sure I would not be pulling out of the 200m free,” McEvoy said.
“Unfortunately it’s not and it is on the same day as the 4x100m freestyle relay and the 4x200m is the same day as the 100m freestyle.
“The relay timing with my main events is not the best; there are great benefits for my withdrawal personally but there are great benefits for the relays too.
“I’ll be fresher for the 4x100m on day two and I’ll be able to step up and absolutely give that my all and on day four I’ll be fresher for the 4x200m as well.
“It does have a lingering effect on the relay team and I’m sure the boys in the relay team will feel for me at having to pull out but at the same time they will be excited that I will be ready and roaring to go beside them in the relay.”
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