James Magnussen Says 47.53 100 Free Wasn’t 100 Percent

From SwimSwam’s coverage of Australian National Championships, April 30th, 2013:

Heading into the meet James Magnussen hoped that everyone would go back to focusing on the pool and not on the controversy that has happened out of the pool since the Olympics, “I think it’s really important for us as a swimming community, and absolutely myself in particular, to focus on the swimming now and put the results on the board and let people focus on the positives,” Magnussen told Fox News before the meet began.

He went a long way in doing that this evening winning the 100 freestyle in a time of 47.53, which is the fastest time done in the world this year, beating Vladimir Morozov’s 47.93 by four tenths of a second.

Magnussen – 22.80/24.73 (47.53)

Morozov – 22.58/25.35 (47.93)

The time also ties his silver medaling win time in London.

Magnussen (London, 2012) – 22.83/24.70 (47.53)

“To do that time is pretty good,” Magnussen told News.com.au.

“It was good tonight to do it under a bit of pressure from the other guys. That’s a good indication of where I am at.”

“I think I could have gone quicker but I wasn’t quite feeling 100 per cent tonight. I still have a bit of work to do to get it back up to where it was at the Olympics.”

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Remember after his 47.1 at his Trials last year, he also said he wasn’t at 100%. Him saying he wasn’t at 100% means as much to me as a college swimmer saying they weren’t fully rested/tapered at their conference meet. We’ll find out at Worlds.

Joel Lin

He is swimming version of the movie Spinal Tap. He’s going to turn it up to 11 this Summer. Most swimmers can turn it up to 10. He’s going to turn it up to 11.

Why doesn’t he just make his 10 a little faster and make 10 his top speed?


because 11 is faster, isn’t it.


I am confident Nathan Adrian will win both the 50 and 100 Free this year. I am sure all the attention will still be on Mr Magnussen.

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