World champion James Magnussen will look for a shot of self-confidence after illness hampered his Grand Prix campaign in Brisbane.
Self-confidence should not be a problem for a world champion.
But James Magnussen is looking for a much-needed shot in the arm ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after illness hampered his Grand Prix meet in Brisbane.
However, fellow world champion Cate Campbell has no such troubles judging by her scorching 100m freestyle effort on Saturday.
Magnussen said he would skip the final Grand Prix meet in Brisbane in three weeks in favour of the French Open at Vichy, where he received a huge pre-world titles confidence boost last year.
Still rattled by his London Olympic debacle, Magnussen said his impressive 100m win in France gave him a timely dose of self belief ahead of his 2013 world titles defence.
And he hopes this year’s French Open does the trick again after his Grand Prix meet in Brisbane was derailed by suspected food poisoning.
“The French Open probably got me through worlds last year,” Magnussen said.
“I bombed out again in relays at worlds but the confidence I got from the French Open gave me self-belief for the rest of the week at worlds.”
A drained Magnussen still managed to win the 100m freestyle at the Grand Prix on Saturday in 48.77 – well outside his 2014 world’s fastest effort of 47.59.
Despite a heavy training load, Magnussen hopes to shave half a second off the world class 47.83 he posted in the national titles 100m semis in April.
“The French Open will be a good measuring stick to where I am at,” Magnussen said.
In contrast, the sky appears to be the limit for the dominant Campbell.
At her last meet until Glasgow, she produced a scorching 52.70 to claim the 100m ahead of her sister Bronte (53.27) on Saturday.
She almost eclipsed her 2014 world best time (52.68) set at the national titles in April and was just outside the 52.34 she clocked to win the 2013 world title.
It would have won gold at the London Olympics where she was hampered by illness, easily overhauling the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s 53.00.
“It’s about producing fast times no matter what condition you are in so I was really pleased with that,” Campbell said.
In other major results, young gun Emma McKeon backed up from claiming the 200m freestyle in a world class one minute, 56.83 seconds to win the 100m butterfly (59.57) just 15 minutes later.
The meet was missing world champion breaststroker Christian Sprenger (shoulder), ex-world record breaking backstroker Emily Seebohm and Belinda Hocking (illness).
“It springs up every year and a half, it’s the most random thing,” Sprenger said.
“It just needs time. I will be fine. It’s not as bad as it sounds.”