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Difference Makers Cameron McEvoy Trying to End Australian Futility in 100 Free

Difference Makers Cameron McEvoy Trying to End Australian Futility in 100 Free

By David Rieder

At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Australia’s Michael Wenden won gold in the 100 free. No man from Down Under has returned to the top of the podium in the event since.

That’s not for lack of trying, of course. In 2000, Michael Klim broke the world record in the 100 free with his 48.18 leadoff split on the 400 free relay in Sydney. Australia won relay gold that night, but Klim had to watch days later as Pieter van den Hoogenband threw down a 47.84 in the event’s semifinals. In the final, van den Hoogenband won gold, and Klim ended up fourth.

Four years later in Athens, van den Hoogenband successfully defended his title, and Australia actually won a medal in the event for the first time in two decades as Ian Thorpe snuck in to earn the bronze—which, interestingly, was the last international medal Thorpe would win in his storied career.

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