Rio Olympics: Padbury’s Blair Evans misses 400m individual medley final


Blair Evans in the far left lane contests heat five of the 400m individual medley. Picture: Getty Images
Blair Evans in the far left lane contests heat five of the 400m individual medley. Picture: Getty Images

WEST Australian swimmer Blair Evans did not progress to the final of the 400m individual medley in Rio de Janeiro overnight, ending her 2016 Olympic Games campaign.

The Padbury resident (25) finished seventh in her heat and 16th overall, falling behind early in the butterfly leg in lane six as eventual gold medallist Katinka Hosszu, of Hungary, dominated the field at world record pace in lane four.

Hosszu fell just short of the record in the fifth heat but went on to break it in the final with one of the Games’ most comprehensive wins at 4.26.36.

Evans swam 4.38.91 in her heat, down from her personal best time of 4.35.26, which was eighth fastest of 2016.

It was a quicker effort than her attempt at the London Games where she clocked 4.40.42.

A personal best would have been enough for the Northern High Performance Training Squad member to make the final with Canada’s Emily Overholt qualifying at 4.36.54.

Evans’ Australian teammate Keryn McMaster, whom she defeated at the national championships earlier this year, also failed to make the final.

While missing the final was disappointing for Evans at her second Games, her Olympic qualification was a fine achievement after a number of upper body injuries threatened to end her swimming career in recent years.

Her comeback through coach Bud McAllister was one of the most uplifting of the West Australian contingent.

Evans won a silver medal at the London Games as part of the 4x200m freestyle team.