2012 Olympic Trials News

Missile and Rocket to lead Aussie arsenal

Reigning world champion James ‘The Missile’ Magnussen has warned international competition to “brace themselves” ahead of the London Olympics after setting the fastest time in the world this year over the 100m freestyle at the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

Magnussen’s time of 47.10 at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre pushed him to within 0.05 seconds of Eamon Sullivan’s Commonwealth record and ranks as the fourth fastest time in history.

“It was a really exciting race,” Magnussen said. “I executed everything pretty close to the way I wanted to. It wasn’t quite good enough tonight but I’ll definitely give that world record another crack.

“I’m certainly not going to be resting on my laurels and I’m going to be doing everything in my power to break that world record because I do want to be considered the fastest man in history.”

The EnergyAustralia Swim Team will not be short of firepower in London with James ‘The Rocket’ Roberts finishing second in 47.63 – the exact time in which Magnussen took out the 100m final at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

“I’ve been training to go a lot quicker and I have been training well,” Roberts said. “It was just about doing what I’ve been doing at practice tonight, but it was a bit of a shock to look up and see how far under 48 [seconds] I went but it’s a great feeling.”

The 20-year-olds, who were born on the same day, will be considered for the 4x100m relay in London, along with Matt Targett (48.32), Eamon Sullivan (48.53), Cameron McEvoy (48.58) and Tommaso D’Orsogna (48.64).


Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre