Griffith University’s Cameron McEvoy has finished second in the final of the 100m freestyle at the 2015 world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia.

The silver medal was Australia’s only medal on the fifth day of competition, although more are likely as the meet continues, especially after excellent performances from Mitch Larkin — fastest qualifier for the men’s 200m backstroke final — and sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell in the women’s 100m freestyle.

A Bachelor of Science/Advanced Honours student at Griffith, McEvoy was the fastest qualifier for the 100m final but was overtaken in the final strokes to finish behind gold medallist Ning Zetao, from China.

McEvoy told media the result, his first individual medal at a world titles, has him well placed in the lead-up to next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In other events, Madi Wilson finished sixth in the 50m backstroke final, while Emma McKeon and Jess Ashwood were part of the women’s 4 x 200m relay team that finished sixth.

Griffith has a strong contingent of students and alumni among the Australian Dolphins swim team in Russia. All students are members of the Griffith Sports College.