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It wasn’t quite revenge of the nerds in the men’s 100m freestyle final at the national swimming titles in Brisbane.
But academically gifted, socially awkward students across the country would have been forgiven for unleashing a rare triumphant air punch when 19-year-old physics fanatic Cameron McEvoy upset dual world champion James Magnussen on Friday night.
In a result sure to shock the swimming world, McEvoy (47.65 sec PB) comfortably held out Olympic silver medallist Magnussen (47.92) to clinch the 100-200 double at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games trials in Brisbane.
Remarkably, McEvoy’s 2014 best time would have pipped Magnussen for last year’s 100m world title and snapped up London Olympic bronze.
It seemed fitting that a kid who is no stranger to rocket science ensured Magnussen “the Missile” misfired.