McEvoy fastest into 100m freestyle final

Adelaide (Australia)—Cameron McEvoy was fastest into the 100-metres freestyle final at the Australian Championships on Sunday as James Magnussen faced a battle to make it to the Rio Olympics.
McEvoy, the silver medallist in the sprint at last year’s Kazan world championships, posted the quickest time of 48.09 seconds in winning his semi-final on the fourth night of the Olympic selection trials in Adelaide.
There was an upset in the second semi-final with the oldest competitor Matthew Abood, 29, winning in a slower 48.89secs time.
London Olympics silver medallist and two-time world champion Magnussen clocked 49.21secs, making him the sixth fastest into Monday’s final.
Only the top two qualifying places are up for grabs in the event, putting the heat on Magnussen to significantly improve his time or face settling for a relay spot at Rio.
Magnussen was confident of a fast time in the final to get him to his second Olympics.
“I can really fire up for that final now. It avoids a bit of the pressure. There will be plenty of that,” said Magnussen.
“(I’ll need a) 47. It’s been a while. Tomorrow night’s a race and that’s what I enjoy. Tomorrow night I’ll race it.”
Magnussen, who was beaten by 100th of a second for gold in the 100 metres freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, is fighting back from a shoulder injury.
McEvoy is at the top of the world rankings with his 47.56sec winning this year’s Aquatic Super Series in Perth.
“Almost 47secs, that’s exciting,” said McEvoy, who dead-heated with Thomas Fraser-Holmes in Saturday’s 200m freestyle final to qualify for a second race in Rio.
Emma McKeon swam the second fastest-time in the world this year behind America’s Katie Ledecky to take out the 200m freestyle final in a new Commonwealth record 1:54.83.
In Sunday’s other finals, Alicia Coutts, Australia’s best-performing swimmer in London, will compete in her third Olympics after victory in the women’s 200m individual medley in 2:09.95 from Kotuku Ngawati (2:11.03).
David Morgan (1:55.63) edged Grant Irvine (1:55.73) to take the men’s 200m butterfly final.—AFP

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