Gold Coast swimmer Cameron McEvoy has confirmed he will not compete in the 200 metres freestyle event at the Rio Olympics next month in order to be at his best in the Australian relay events.
McEvoy announced on Monday it was a difficult decision to make even with the help of coach Richard Scarce and Dolphins National Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren.
“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,” McEvoy said.
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“If the program was more like the World Championship years then I am sure I would not be pulling out of the 200m free.
“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.”
With the 200m freestyle in, McEvoy’s Rio program looked like this:
- DAY 2: 200m freestyle heat and semi-final and the 4x100m freestyle
- Day 3: 200m freestyle final
- Day 4: 100m heat and semi-final and the 4x200m freestyle relay
- DAY 5: 100m freestyle final
- DAY 7: 50m freestyle heat and semi-final
- DAY 8: 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay
With the 200m freestyle out, Day Two will leave McEvoy with one event – the 4x100m freestyle relay and Day Three will be a rest day.
“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.”
McEvoy said swimming the 200m was “not worth the risk in Rio” but it would definitely be an event “we will want to nail down next year and in the years to follow after that.”
“This is a year that we want to stick at what we have been training for and focus on our strengths; it still leaves me with five events and that is still a fairly big program if you count how many times I will be in the water.”