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Magnussen out to keep the wins rolling in Berlin

August 9, 2013
James Magnussen

James Magnussen

Reigning world 100m freestyle champion James Magnussen is looking to maintain his winning streak at this weekend’s World Cup short-course meet in Berlin to build on his Barcelona success.

The world championships finished in Barcelona last Sunday, but the World Cup series kicked off in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Wednesday and Thursday before continuing in the German capital on Saturday and Sunday.

Having been beaten in the London 2012 Olympic final, Magnussen successfully defended his world 100m freestyle crown in Barcelona which he backed up with a World Cup victory on Wednesday in Eindhoven and aims to keep the wins ticking over in Berlin.

“I think it’s important to jump back in the pool after a meet like (Barcelona) and keep things rolling,” said Magnussen.

In Eindhoven, Magnussen beat short-course world champion Vladimir Morozov on the wall in the 100m freestyle final, finishing just four hundredths of a second ahead of the Russian despite hurting his lower back in Barcelona.

Magussen is scheduled to race both the 50 and 100m freestyle in Berlin.

South Africa’s world and Olympic champion Chad le Clos also comes to the German capital in great form having set a new 200m butterfly short-course record in Eindhoven (1:49.04) and just as he did in Barcelona, won both the 100m and 200m events in the Netherlands.

New Zealand’s treble bronze medallist in Barcelona, Lauren Boyle, also arrives in Berlin on the back of strong performances in Eindhoven.

The 25-year-old Boyle, the short-course 800m freestyle world champion, finished third in all three of the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle finals in Barcelona, as US teen star Katie Ledecky swept the medals.

But Boyle won both the 400 and 800m finals in Eindhoven in a strong field containing Denmark’s Lotte Friis, a double silver medallist in Barcelona.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu is another Barcelona world champion who arrives in hot form in Berlin having broken both the 100 and 200m individual medley short-course records, not once, but twice in Eindhoven.

The 24-year-old Hosszu won both the 200m and 400m individual medley world titles in Barcelona.

Dutch sprint queen Ranomi Kromowidjojo, the world and Olympic 50m freestyle champion, also comes to Berlin having defended her world title in Barcelona by setting a new 50m short-course record in Eindhoven.

AFP

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