Cameron McEvoy a talent you wouldn’t read about

CAMERON McEvoy took two books with him to read while he's at the Commonwealth Games: The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, and Tuesdays with Morrie.

The latter is a short, inspirational book about a 78-year-old former university professor who faces death with the same dignity, inquisitiveness and passion that he lived his life.

The first, described by some who have read it as the "most eloquent and inspired science writing of our time", covers everyone from Einstein to Stephen Hawking, and every subject from black holes and galaxies to artificial intelligence and chaos theory.

Why McEvoy would read either may become clearer in Glasgow, and in the years to come.

Little may be known about the man who beat world champion and Aussie teammate James Magnussen in the 100m at this year's national championship, but if he lives up to the hype we're sure to learn a lot more about the 20-year-old from the Gold Coast.

Swim fans would no doubt already know that McEvoy broke Ian Thorpe's national 100m records at 16 and 17, and also won the 200m freestyle at this year's nationals.

And tonight he will get to show whether predictions of six Commonwealth Games gold medals in Glasgow is hype or reality.

The 20-year-old will start his quest in the heats of the 200m freestyle, which kick off at 7.30pm at the Tollcross Swimming Centre, with the final due at 4.25am tomorrow.

Not surprisingly given the strength of Australia's much-hyped, new-look team in Glasgow, the biggest challenges are likely to come from teammates.

McEvoy is a short-priced $1.70 favourite to win the final, but Thomas Fraser-Holmes and David McKeon, backing up from this morning's 400m heats and final, also have great medal claims.

Barring an upset, McEvoy should finish the second day in the pool with two gold medals. He will also be part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team, which is an unbackable $1.01 favourite.

Aussie swimmers are also expected to lead the way in tonight's heats of the women's 50m freestyle (Cate and Bronte Campbell), 100m breaststroke (Christian Sprenger) and women's 100m backstroke (Emily Seebohm).

And plenty of medals should be on offer in tomorrow morning's finals (starting at 4.05am), with Alicia Coutts set to contest the 100m butterfly, Mitch Larkin and Ben Treffers the 100m backstroke and Fraser-Holmes the 400m individual medley.

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