It is hard to imagine the fastest swimmer in the world ever flying under the radar, but world 100 meter freestyle champion James Magnussen believes the hype surrounding Ian Thorpe’s comeback will allow him to thrive at the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide starting Thursday. While aiming for a time better than the 47.49 from the 4×100 relay in Shanghai.
“I think anything better than the time at the world champs last year would be pretty imposing … anywhere down to around 47.2 is pretty realistic and would send out pretty strong warning signs to the rest of the world,” Magnussen said.
Magnussen by the way thinks that Thorpe will struggle to make team, that he might not even make final.
“Look, I think he’ll be up against it. It’s a strong field and I think from his perspective if I was here making a comeback as he is I would think making the 100 freestyle final is a big achievement,” Magnussen told reporters on Tuesday.