Dres­sel ‘ in box seat’ says un­der­dog McEvoy

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THINGS might have been dif­fer­ent for Cameron McEvoy at the Rio Olympics if he had been the chaser rather than the tar­get in the 100m freestyle.

Now he will get the chance to find out.

Amer­i­can Caeleb Dres­sel made ev­ery other 100m con­tender an un­der­dog for the world ti­tle on Sun­day, when he led off the US re­lay in 47.26 sec, sig­nif­i­cantly faster than any other sprinter in the past year.

Of those gath­ered in Bu­dapest, only McEvoy has gone faster, but not since he set the fastest time in his­tory in a tex­tile swim­suit, 47.04 sec, at last year’s Olympic trials.

That per­for­mance made McEvoy a marked man at the Rio Olympics and he did not han­dle the sit­u­a­tion well, fad­ing to sev­enth in the fi­nal.

But now Dres­sel will have to bear that load.

“He’s the clear favourite now,’’ McEvoy said after the re­lay fi­nal.

“He’s just swum the third fastest tex­tile time in his­tory ( be­hind McEvoy’s 47.04sec and James Mag­nussen’s 47.10sec).

“That puts him in the box seat and it’s ex­cit­ing now. It’s go­ing to make it a chase for what he can go and we can go.’’

McEvoy’s best this year is his 47.91 sec to win the na­tional ti­tle in April but he has put in an­other solid prepa­ra­tion since then and came to Bu­dapest con­fi­dent he could con­tend for the ti­tle.

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