Seasoned Pioneer: Magnussen Fires Another 47

James Magnussen, left, at the start of a very fine 2013 season in Perth (Courtesy: Swimming Australia)

The defence of a world title that follows Olympic silver by 0.01sec is the stuff of keen desire in James “The Missile” Magnussen. The Australian 22-year-old fired off a 47.67 warning to trounce the rest of the 100m freestyle final at the French Open in Vichy today; his best 9 efforts of the year are all on or inside 48.5 – a single-season record in itself. It was 8 last year and 5 in 2011, including the big meets of each season

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The defence of a world title that follows Olympic silver by 0.01sec is the stuff of keen desire in James “The Missile” Magnussen. The Australian 22-year-old fired off a 47.67 warning to trounce the rest of the 100m freestyle final at the French Open in Vichy today; his best 9 efforts of the year are all on or inside 48.5 – a single-season record in itself. It was 8 last year and 5 in 2011, including the big meets of each season

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SwimFanFinland

Just outstanding performance by Magnussen. What makes it more than impressive is the gap between him and the rest who weren’t unknown names. Full two seconds! Such a gap feels outrageous at this level. I hope the guys are able to reduce the gap tomorrow in 50m free.

TheSwimmingExpert

Good to see Magnussen racing hard in heats and finals at the lead in meets to Barcelona. A great lesson for all young swimmers to race hard and fast whenever they get the opportunity.

SwimFanFinland

Well said by TheSwimmingExpert! Avoiding competition is the first sign of oncoming decline. Just like Yelena Isinbajeva did in pole vault. After being superior for some time she stopped competing. Raised the opening bar so high that she couldn’t win herself. Then came the cry. Magnussen really seem to have changed his attitude. He come and compete not only at big meetings but also at the happenings like this. Well done James. That is how you can keep yourself competitive and the fear of losing doesn’t take over.

aswimfan

I agree.

In my opinion, one of the reasons for Magnussen’s “stage fright” last year in London could be attributed to his lack of racing.

Apart from the Australian olympics trials, I can’t remember any other racing he did.

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