via www.theaustralian.com.au: "Magnussen will make his open debut over the longer distance at the Queensland championships on Sunday night, where he is likely to face Bohl's world 400m freestyle champion Park Tae-Hwan and find out immediately whether he is already world-class over the distance."
GMM: James "Maggie" Magnussen, Australia's superstar sprinter, is eyeing the 200 meters freestyle.
Maggie will face-off with 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the 200m free, Park Tae-Hwan, at the Queensland championships. This would be a nice 200m test for Maggie, a chance to feel his speed over four lengths of the pool rather than his signature two.
Analysts believe Maggie has a 1:42 to 1:43 in him, an impressive swim, which would certainly put him in the hunt for gold at the London Olympics next summer. Any armchair coach can see this as well, considering Maggie's exceptionally strong finish in the 100 meters at World Championships in Shanghai.
Alas, Maggie will not swim the 200m free in London. It's before the 100m free, too close to his pride and joy, a race he cannot take for granted in his Olympic debut. However, Maggie will be gunning for the 200m free in the future. That you can count on!
WATCH MAGGIE'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN. WATCH HIM CLOSE IN THE FINAL METERS AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IF YOU THINK HE CAN BE A THREAT IN THE 200M: