Australian swimmer and solid Rio gold medal prospect Cameron McEvoy is modestly reluctant to engage in the predictions game over how he will do in the pool come August.

For a swimmer ranked number one in the world, this is a refreshing departure from the typical hyperbole of athletes looking to boost their psychological profiles as they prepare for a big competition.

McEvoy’s reticence, however, has done nothing to curb the prediction tendencies of others that have tipped him to win as many as six gold medals in the sprint discipline McEvoy has dominated of late.

He recently took advantage of speedy Adelaide water in the trials to post the fastest 100 m time on record, discounting the times produced when full-body super suits turned swimmers into marine mammals.

McEvoy still has plenty of preparation in his future and has indicated that he will not rest on his laurels from the trials. He is scheduled to compete at the Japan Open, although he did say that he is tapering somewhat and will not attempt to improve on his trial times, but that he has added the 400 m freestyle to his card for the meeting in Tokyo.