Race Video: Cameron McEvoy Downs Ian Thorpe’s 200 Free Aussie Record

Photo Courtesy: Swimming Australia

Cameron McEvoy lowered a 15-year-old record set by Ian Thorpe in the men’s 200-meter free at the 2015 Australian Short Course Championships.

Swimming Australia provided the following footage of the race.

Swimming Australia 200 Free Report:

CAM MCEVOY broke Ian Thorpe’s 15-year-old Australian record; his own Australian all comers record and equalled Canadian Brent Hayden’s Commonwealth record in a time of 1:40.80.

It was McEvoy’s first Australian open record and he was quick to admit he was “flat” in his warm up, saying: “I got in the water and felt pretty flat, really down and different to my normal self in the warm up and I thought to myself this might turn into a survival swim, we’ll see how it goes in the last 100m.”

And on breaking Thorpe’s record? “To give Ian credit he didn’t swim too many short course competitions. I’m pretty sure he did that record when he was still a teenager (Thorpe was 17 in 2000) and he most likely would have swum quicker than that in the latter part of his career but I’m still going to take it. It still makes me feel nice to have my first Australian record.”