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James Magnussen, Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm are Australia’s “virtual world record holders’’. They are three fastest swimmers the world has seen, they just don’t have the official title to prove it.
World 100m freestyle champions Magnussen and Campbell, and Brisbane backstroker Seebohm are the fastest swimmers ever in textile suits and are centimetres away from breaking records set during the notorious supersuit era.
As Australian swimmers prepare for their first major meeting of the year, the Commonwealth Games trials in Brisbane starting Tuesday, hopes are growing that the proud swimming nation will once again reign supreme by holding an official world record.
“Cate Campbell and James Magnussen would be world record holders if we never had those suits,” Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren said.