James Magnussen Ready to Prove Himself after London Debacle

  37 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | January 07th, 2013 | International, News

January 18th, James Magnussen returns to competition with his Australian mates to face-off with South Africa and China at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series. See a complete roster of athletes, country by country, here. 

Magnussen, Australia’s biggest star — or at least the swimmer who captured the most media — has much to prove after his disappointing performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he has gone to “another level” preparing for the first meet of 2013. His coach, Brant Best, explained further to APP:

“He did a good job going into London but he has found another level. He has been amazing at training.” 

James Magnussen, 2-time Olympic Medalist

James Magnussen, Olympic Silver Medalist

After a lot of pre-London chest thumping, the Magnussen lead 4×100 freestyle relay only netted 4th, and Team USA’s Nathan Adrian snatched the Olympic gold from Magnussen in the 100 freestyle, swimming’s blue ribbon event. Coach Best is correct. Magnussen actually swam well given his tender age, 21, and that it was his first Olympic Games. Aussie journalists, however, were not so understanding.

Magnussen, described by some of his teammates as intense and  too hard on himself, did not need a lot of motivation getting back into the season. Coach Best told APP, he  was pipped by American Nathan Adrian in London.

“We reviewed the race (the London Olympic 100 freestyle) and looked at what went right and wrong, but a lot of things went right in the process for preparing for London. We don’t want to throw everything away.” 

Coach Best is excited about the upcoming Perth competition with it’s super-sized $500,000 purse, something he feels Swimming Australia needs to take the temperature of Aussie Team culture.

Several swimming stars will take to the blocks January 18th, notably Christian Sprenger, Alicia Coutts, Emily Seebohm, China’s Ye Shiwen and South Africa’s Chad le Clos, famous for out-touching Michael Phelps in his signature event, the 200 meters butterfly.

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There will be many new names in the 100 Free in a couple years and some big surprises coming for the 2016 Olympics. Watch for some of the current 18 to 19 year-old US swimmers just outside making the last OT trials semi-finals to make a huge run, and don’t forget the current crop of 15, 16 and 17 year old sprinters.

I predict hanser garcia will medal in 2013, and challenge magnussen in 2015

Philip Johnson

If Garcia had come up in a Swimming powerhouse and was spotted when he was young, he would be no question be one of the best sprinters in the world today. however, he is 24 and for most sprinters, that is their peak. i think he has an outside chance for a medal, but saying he can challenge Magnussen is a stretch.

Philip Johnson

but I’m not taking anything away from Garcia. To start swimming in 2009 and make the Olympic final in swimmings most deepest event is an amazing accomplishment!

I would bet higher now on Chiereguini than on Garcia

Not because I´m brazilian, I Actually Think Garcia is more talented than Chiereguini and is more gifted on his bodybuild.

Chiereguinni started swimming on 2008 only (before that, not even an athlete like hanser and was only a 53 swimmer with 17 and not even on top 10 ranking of his age on 50) and last year was already a 22 flat 50 swimmer and 48 mid at least 100.. If he fares well under Hawke, he may go 47,,

Magnussen will win worlds in the 100. No question.


About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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