Swimming - Magnussen tips hot final as Phelps hits form

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Swimming - Magnussen tips hot final as Phelps hits form
Michael Phelps of US looks on during the 100m freestyle heat at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Gold Coast on August 22, 2014. The Pan Pacific swimming championships continues until August 24. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HAMILTON ---IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--- (AFP Photo/PATRICK HAMILTON)

- World champion James Magnussen said it would take one of the year's fastest times to win the Pan Pacific Championships 100m freestyle after American stars Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian threw down the gauntlet on Friday.

Adrian, who nudged out Magnussen by one-hundredth of a second to win the Olympic 100m gold in London, topped Friday's qualifiers with 48.05 seconds.

Two-time world champion Australian Magnussen was just 0.2sec behind, with Olympic great Phelps surging into contention on the back of a 48.45, just four-hundredths of a second ahead of another Australian, Cameron McEvoy.


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