Olympic History: London 2012, Rio 2016 (x2 bronze), Tokyo 2020 (bronze)
Year Born: 1994
State Born: QLD
Cameron McEvoy’s brilliance can be traced back to an obsession to be the most efficient as a 7-year-old. Sitting pool deck after his training at the Miami pool, a young McEvoy watched Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe religiously learning from their stroke technique.
He broke onto the swimming scene in 2011 at the Junior World Championships, where he won gold in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.
At 17, he secured his first Australian Olympic Team berth when he finished fifth in the 100m freestyle and sixth in the 200m freestyle at the 2012 nomination trials. He helped qualify the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay teams for the finals before Australia went on to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
Four years later in Rio, McEvoy claimed bronze as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay quartet, alongside James Magnussen, Kyle Chalmers and James Roberts.
McEvoy anchored the team home, swimming over the Russians to claim third. His split of 47.00 was the second fastest of all the swimmers, behind only Nathan Adrian of the United States. In his individual events, McEvoy finished 7th in the 100m freestyle final in 48.12. He finished 11th in his 50m freestyle semi-finals in 21.89.
That same year he also made history by being the first man to claim the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle national titles at the Australian National Championships.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cam claimed individual gold in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, and bronze in the 50m freestyle. He was also a member of the gold-medal winning 4x100m freestyle relay team and 4x200m freestyle relay team.
A year later, at the 2019 World Championships, McEvoy won bronze as a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team.
In Tokyo 2020, he again finished with a bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Following Tokyo, he then took an extended break from the pool and missed the travelling widely in Europe, all the while looking for new training techniques which he could adopt.
Not surprisingly for one schooled in physics and mathematics at Griffith University, Cameron takes a very scientific approach to his swimming, experimenting constantly. It was with that approach in mind that he returned to the water at the Queensland championships, finishing second to Australian champion William Yang. He announced himself satisfied with his first 100m event since Tokyo but also pleased that he had a new race to dissect on his journey to Paris 2024.