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on Jul 28th, 2011 in Sports
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The 100m freestyle has found a new king in the person of the Australian James Magnussen, world champion in Shanghai on Thursday.
At only 20 years, Magnussen has brought the 100m in a new era at the Oriental Sports Center by signing the two fastest times ever made in a bathing suit.
Four days after having pushed the Australian 4x100m relay the top step of the podium with a time of 47 “49, of Australia assumed the status of favorite to win in 47″ and 63 offer a great country swimming his first world title at the distance on Thursday.
He beat the Canadian Brent Hayden, silver medalist in 47 “95, William Meynard and French, bronze medalist in 48 ’00.
Brazilian Cesar Cielo, defending champion and world record holder in 46 “91, remained off the podium with a time of 48 ’01. The other French committed, Fabien Gilot, was fifth in 48 ’13.
On leaving the basin, Magnussen, whose physical guy was coined by the Rugby League, raised his arms in “V”, just to signify that he was the new boss of the sprint world.
“It was a great race for me tonight. It’s been a lot of things in my head for the relay. I’m really happy and quite proud of myself,” he said at a news conference.