McEvoy ready to get back to his best at Nationals
7 April 2017
SWIMMING: Seven months after the Rio Olympics left him shattered, a new and improved Cameron McEvoy will line up at the national swimming titles in Brisbane with a world-beating record in his sights.
McEvoy wasn't at his best as he finished a shock seventh in the Rio 100m freestyle final as teenage teammate Kyle Chalmers claimed gold.
He could not explain why he touched the wall more than one second shy of the Australian record set just four months earlier at the 2016 national titles - 47.04, the fastest 100m outside a now-banned supersuit.
However, a technique tinker has ensured McEvoy arrives at the five-day event starting on Sunday confident of not only recapturing his record-breaking form but also bettering it.
It is an ominous warning considering McEvoy's national record is just 0.13 outside the world mark set by Brazil's Cesar Cielo in a 2009 supersuit.
"I have come up with this new way to move through the water," McEvoy said.
"It's not a drastic change, it's getting down to the finer things in my stroke.
"(But) I have taken where I was last year, which was 0.13 off the world record and I have improved on that.
"I was able to go 47.04 last year and I am going in this year with an upgrade.
"The goal of swimming is to beat my best times.
"I believe my 47.04 had a lot of flaws in it.
"I can pinpoint a lot of areas where I can improve upon it."
However, McEvoy was coy when asked if records were set to tumble at the national championships - the selection trials for July's world titles in Budapest.
"Next week is about qualifying for worlds," he said.
Last year McEvoy became the first to claim the men's 50m, 100m and 200m national freestyle title treble.