James Magnussen is World 100m freestyle champion. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au
After missing out on a medal with Australia’s well fancied Men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay team, James Magnussen will be looking to end a 44 year Olympic drought when he begins his quest for gold in the 100m freestyle. ‘The Missile’ burst on to the scene at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai, winning the event comfortably. Having swum the fastest time of the year at Australia’s Olympic trials in March – covering the distance in a lightning quick 47.10 seconds – Magnussen was expected to dominate his rivals in London, but could only manage a 48.03 split leading off in the relay. No Australian has won an Olympic title in the event since Mike Wenden was victorious in Mexico City.
Teammate James Roberts has the second fastest time of the year having stopped the clock at 47.63 seconds when chasing Magnussen home at the national trials, while Frenchman Yannick Agnel is also in the mix after anchoring his country’s gold medal winning team in the relay. World record holder Cesar Cielo and American Nathan Adrian are others leading chances.
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