Adrian, Magnussen gear for rematch in 100 free final
It’s The Missile vs. The Olympic Champion — in a rematch.
The 100-meter freestyle, swimming’s signature race, takes center stage Thursday at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain.
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And if the results from the London Games are any indication, it’s going to be decided by a fraction of a second.
A year ago in the Olympic final, Nathan Adrian of Bremerton edged James “The Missile” Magnussen by 0.01 seconds — the smallest margin in the sport. And the American and the Australian were the only swimmers to break the 48-second barrier in Wednesday’s qualification heats.
Magnussen led morning heats in 47.71 then Adrian topped the evening semifinals in 47.95.
“The 100 freestyle is a man’s man event,” Adrian said. “Anybody who can swim it does. So I think there’s going to be a lot of competition.”
Franklin wins third gold, pulls out of 50 back
Missy Franklin held off hard-charging Federica Pelligrini to win the 200 freestyle, the 18-year-old American claiming her third victory of the world championships and justifying the decision to cut back her program in Barcelona.
“We’re coming down the mountain now,” Franklin said.
She had been scheduled to swim two races in the evening session: the semifinals of the 50 backstroke, followed about 20 minutes later by the final of the 200 free.
But Franklin and her coach, Todd Schmitz, decided it was best to drop the non-Olympic 50 back.
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Hingis wins in return
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Hingis, 32, last played a tour match in September 2007.
Haase advances in Austria
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Fish, Isner move on
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Eighth-seeded John Isner, coming off a victory last week in Atlanta, held off Alex Kuznetsov 7-6 (6-2), 7-6 (6-4).
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