Cameron McEvoy shows what real sportsmanship looks like

Yesterday, Australian clapped and cheered for 18-year-old Kyle Chalmers has he swam to gold medal glory in the 100m freestyle

Yesterday, Australian clapped and cheered for 18-year-old Kyle Chalmers has he swam to gold medal glory in the 100m freestyle race.

But only a few lanes over, fellow Aussie Cameron McEvoy, the favourite to win the race, was left looking at his 7th place result and wondering what on earth had happened.

It’s enough to send any competitive athlete into a downward spiral, but 22-year-old Cameron has taken a different approach and in the process has shown the world what true sportsmanship looks like.

Cam was quick to swim over winner and his friend and teammate Kyle and give him a big hug of congratulations.

When they climbed out of the pool together, Cameron raised Kyle’s arm in the air in victory as the crowd cheered for his mate.

Seconds later he was being hounded by journalists on the pooldeck asking him what went wrong and why he finished the race so badly.

“It is baffling to me, particularly with my analytical mind,” he said. “Hopefully, I can get back and pinpoint what went wrong. Right now, it’s hard to pinpoint anything specifically.”

Then he added this: “That’s all I can say about myself. The rest of Australia can get excited about an 18-year-old’s start to his career. He’s an Olympic champion at 18 … Kyle’s success and happiness, I can feel that. I’m riding the wave that he’s won.”

Later, when asked if it was illness that caused him to swim the slower time in the race, Cameron refused to make excuses and said he was focussed on swimming his best in the next race.

“Well there’s … (pauses for four seconds) … me and Rich (coach Richard Scarce) are going to sit down and pinpoint any little areas that might have had some effect,” he said.

“But I don’t want to stand here being the guy rolling off excuses it was this or that.

“Not only because that’s not the type of person I am but I also don’t want to take anything away from what Kyle has achieved.

“I think this is his moment and he should really soak it up and he deserves all the recognition he can get.”

He also said he was overwhelmed by the support he’d received in the face of his loss.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people about it, the amount of support I’ve received not only from friends and family but the general public around the world and also my competitors too I was really surprised the amount of competitors who came up to me and spoke to me about it and were supporting me about it,” he said.

Now he’s got his sights set on the 50m freestyle and the backing of a whole country that is proud to call him our own.

Join us in wishing Cameron good luck in the rest of his Olympic journey and commending him on such a great attitude!

Do you think athletes like Cameron are the role models our country needs? Is this what the true spirit of sportsmanship is about?

  1. Rosanne Newton  

    He is a credit to Australia and to himself.

  2. Marilyn E  

    True sportsmanship for sure, very proud of our Aussie team.

  3. Mary Gallagher  

    If only more athletes were like that!

  4. Oh yaa… for sure! At list he better then some of the AFL or some tennis player. Win or lost is the name of the game. Getting into the final is not come easy, to see him gave a big to his mate make me proud of them both. He is in sports, so he behave as a sportsman that’s excellent.

  5. Dianne Evans  

    If I were Sponser I would pay that young man a fortune to speak about my business as he is a good man ! I will remember him long after I have forgotten other things as he was gracious in defeat and happy for his teammate.

  6. Jill  

    Cameron you are a champion not only because you are a great swimmer but because you are a great person. Australia is proud of you so go out and just do your best.

  7. Kerry Richardson  

    Cameron is a winner in the character stakes! His swimming career will not last for a lifetime but his attitude, sportsmanship and actions will last long in Australians memories . Congratulations we are mighty proud of you!

  8. Maggie  

    Not only a great swimmer , a wonderful sportsman to boot, now that’s Australian. So very proud of you.

  9. Vicki Hooper  

    A far cry from the arrogance and party loving boys we saw in London a couple if years ago.
    What an absolute breath of fresh air to see this from our sports people …unlike some tennis players ..too many too mention sadly . Congratulations and well done

  10. Alex  

    Nick Kyrios could learn a lesson in sportsmanship here!

  11. Jacqui  

    Congratulations Cameron, it is young people like you that make us proud to be Australian.

  12. Marie hansen  

    I nursed Bernie over a lot of years and know how proud your grandfather was of you. Now I see why. Congratulations cam

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