Magnussen fastest in 100m semi

Written By Unknown on Senin, 29 April 2013 | 23.40

Focused ... James Magnussen prepares before the Mens 100m Freestyle Semi Finals in Adelaide Source: BEN MACMAHON / AAP

A bad headache ensured a 'sloppy' 100m freestyle semi-final effort by world champion James Magnussen at the national swimming championships in Adelaide on Monday.

But he would have no doubt created some headaches for rivals ahead of July's world titles after backing up from a scorching heat time to qualify fastest for Tuesday night's 100m final.

Magnussen took a confident step toward post-London redemption by topping the 100m semi-final time sheets, clocking 48.24 seconds ahead of fellow controversial Olympic relay teammates Cameron McEvoy (48.63), Matt Targett (48.68) and James Roberts (48.83).

Magnussen sounded far from happy with his semi-final effort but had sounded his intentions by swimming the second-fastest 100m freestyle time of the year on Monday morning (47.97).

"I had a pretty chronic headache this arvo. It was hanging around. I knew I was going to be a bit sloppy (in the semis),'' Magnussen said.

"But I am doing a lot of work on staying positive, staying in the right frame of mind. That was a good test of that tonight.

"I think that got me across the line. I didn't quite have the spark tonight. But that won't be a problem tomorrow night" (Tuesday).

Magnussen's Monday heat time was faster than his Olympic 4x100m relay lead-off effort in London (48.03).

Magnussen's coach Brant Best had feared his charge would not be at his best in the 100m in Adelaide after dabbling in the 200m freestyle event at the national titles.

Magnussen is in the 4x200m freestyle relay team mix for Barcelona after clocking the third fastest time for the four-lap event before withdrawing ahead of Sunday night's final won by Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

Meanwhile, Olympic silver medallist Christian Sprenger set a national record (26.90) to win the 50m breaststroke title in the year's fastest time, a full second ahead of runner-up Max Ireland (27.90)

Olympic bronze medallist Bronte Barratt (one minute, 56.05 seconds) claimed her second straight 200m freestyle title and fourth overall by holding out London teammate Kylie Palmer (1:56.66) to book a flight to Barcelona.

Grant Irvine (1:55.32) is also bound for Spain after clocking the fastest 200m butterfly time of the year to win the final ahead of favourite Chris Wright (1:57.79).

It almost made up for Irvine missing out on London Olympic selection by just 0.27 of a second at last year's national titles.

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