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Abood throws spanner in 100m field

  • Abood throws spanner in 100m field

    World No.1 Cameron McEvoy qualified fastest for the 100m freestyle final at the Rio trials.

World No.1 Cameron McEvoy qualified fastest for the 100m freestyle final at the Rio trials in Adelaide but veteran Matt Abood is primed to throw a spanner in the works.

Defending champion McEvoy clocked 48.09 seconds to top the time sheets but 29-year-old Abood (48.89) was surprisingly second fastest in a world class field.

The man expected to threaten the big names - world junior champion Kyle Chalmers (49.06) - was fourth fastest.

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Dual world champion James Magnussen - back from shoulders surgery - was sixth fastest.

The race for the two 100m individual Rio spots was expected to come down to a showdown between McEvoy, Magnussen and Chalmers.

However, Abood - a veteran of four world titles campaigns - threw down the gauntlet with his fastest 100m time in three years.

Meanwhile, Emma McKeon set a new Commonwealth record when she claimed 200m freestyle gold.

She had already earned Rio selection by claiming the 100m butterfly title.

Bronte Barratt - the longest serving female member of an Australian swimming team - also qualified for Rio with 200m silver.

Barratt qualified for her third - and last - Olympics.

She has announced she will retire after Rio.

London Olympic bronze medallist Barratt, 27, has been a part of the national team since 2005.

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