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James Magnussen Makes Competition Return With 50-Flat 100 Free in Prelims

Picture Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

It used to be a stormy start to the 2016 Victorian Open Championships with racing delayed because of lightning strikes this morning on the Melbourne Sports Activities and Aquatic Centre.

As Soon As the Competition commenced, all eyes were on the men’s 100m freestyle as former world champion James Magnussen made his so much anticipated return to racing.

Magnussen swam a managed warmth, stopping the clock at 50.05 to move through as quickest qualifier for the final tonight.

The Ravenswood swimmer stated he’s going to be taking a look to make stronger on a couple of issues for tonight.

“I felt a little rusty, but that’s the first time I’ve raced in nine months so I wasn’t positive the way it was going to feel. I’m taking a look forward to getting just a few extra issues proper tonight,” Magnussen mentioned.

Trinity Grammar swimmer Kenneth To posted the 2nd quickest time kind this morning’s heats with a 50.15 with up and comer Blake Jones (Southport, 50.26) and World Championships representative Dan Smith (Miami, 50.25) joining them In The ultimate.

In finals motion tonight

In The corresponding women’s adventure, regulate Emma McKeon who cruised via to the 100m freestyle final in prime spot with a 54.70 ahead of her fellow training companions Bronte Barratt (St Peters Western, 55.45) and Madeline Groves (St Peters Western, 55.57).

McKeon (26.Forty Eight) and Groves (26.67) will then back up for the ladies’s 50m butterfly last with 1/3 quickest qualifier, Olympian Alicia Coutts also racing the freestyle/fly double tonight.

Coutts used to be fifth fastest for the 100m freestyle final (56.04) and snuck into the top three for the 50m butterfly along with her time of 27.12.

Melbourne native Mack Horton also had his first hit out of the new 12 Months and impressed in his warmth to progress as the one to beat for the boys’s 400m freestyle in a time of three:Forty Nine.87. Are Expecting a competitive final tonight as David McKeon(Chandler, Three:Fifty Two.55) and Canada’s Ryan Cochrane (Three:Fifty Three.80) round out the highest three.

The backstroke boys will even be in action tonight In The splash and dash 50m last. The Person of the second Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western, 25.39) will swim from lane four with World Championship bronze medallist on this adventure Ben Treffers (Burley Griffin, 25.56) and world championship representative Josh Beaver (Nunawading, 25.Sixty Nine) each sizzling on his heels.

Swimming Australia contributed this record.

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