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Swimming: Stilnox not a problem for swimmers - Magnussen

World champion James Magnussen said Friday Stilnox was not an issue among current Australian swimmers in the wake of Grant Hackett seeking treatment for addiction to the prescription drug. Magnussen, who was a member of the Australian relay team at the 2012 London Olympics that took the sleeping tablet at a pre-Games camp, said he did not know of any Australian swimmers that now used it. "In the current day swimming, I don't think it's a problem at all," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Swimming: Australia team for Barcelona world championship

The Australia team named on Friday to compete in the world swimming championship in Barcelona from July 19 to August 4: Australia Men: Matthew Abood, Ashley Delaney, Tommaso D'Orsogna, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Alexander Graham, Jordan Harrison, Grant Irvine, Jarrod Killey, Mitch Larkin, Matson Lawson, James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy, Ned McKendry, David McKeon, Brenton Rickard, James Roberts, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett, Kenneth To, Chris Wright, Daniel Tranter. Open water: Simon Huitenga, Rhys Mainstone, Jarrod Poort

Swimming: Magnussen sets new PB in 50m win at world trials

James Magnussen clocked a new personal best time to reclaim his men's 50-metres freestyle national title and the sprint double at the Australia Swimming Championships in Adelaide on Thursday. The Olympic silver medallist, who successfully defended his national 100m freestyle crown earlier this week, will now have the opportunity to swim in both events at the world championships in Barcelona in July. Magnussen, 22, was clear of the field at halfway and hit the wall in 21.52sec, a time that would have won him the silver medal in the event at the London Olympics last year.

Swimming: Australian world championship trials results

Results of finals Saturday from the second day of the Australian Swimming Championships and world championship trials in Adelaide: Men 100m breaststroke: 1. Christian Sprenger 59.31, 2. Brenton Rickard 1:00.00, 3. Kenneth To 1:01.85 50m butterfly: 1. Matt Targett 23.20, 2. Mitchell Patterson 23.58, 3. Christopher Wright 23.72 Women 100m butterfly: 1. Alicia Coutts 57.18, 2. Brittany Elmslie 58.02, 3. Ellen Gandy 58.15 200m individual medley: 1. Alicia Coutts 2:08.63, 2. Emily Seebohm 2:11.11, 3. Taylor McKeown 2:13.55 afp

''Different'' Magnussen relieved to return to the pool

(Reuters) - Australian swimmer James Magnussen is confident he has left behind the heartbreak and controversies surrounding his below-par showing at the London Olympics and promised to return to the pool as a more humble and disciplined athlete. In the lead-up to London, Magnussen, the 'missile' of Australian swimming, had promised to win the 100 metres gold medal and the 4x100m freestyle relay. However, he was pipped for gold in the 100 while the relay team finished fourth.

Swimming: Fines, suspensions for Australian relay men

Six Australian swimmers who admitted taking banned sleeping pills and playing pranks at a pre-Olympics training camp last year were Friday fined and slapped with deferred suspensions. The sport's governing body Swimming Australia said the six-man 4x100m freestyle relay squad, who confessed to the medication and misbehaviour in February, had been formally investigated by an integrity panel.

Swimming: Fines, suspensions for Australian relay men

Six Australian swimmers who admitted taking banned sleeping pills and playing pranks at a pre-Olympics training camp last year were Friday fined and slapped with deferred suspensions. The sport's governing body Swimming Australia said the six-man 4x100m freestyle relay squad, who confessed to the medication and misbehaviour in February, had been formally investigated by an integrity panel.

Aussie swimmers fined, placed on good behaviour bonds

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World freestyle champion James Magnussen and his 4x100 metres relay team mates have been fined and given deferred suspensions for using a banned sedative in a bonding session before the London Olympics, Swimming Australia said on Friday. Magnussen, Matt Targett, Eamon Sullivan, James Roberts, Cameron McEvoy and Tommaso D'Orsogna admitted in February they had used the sedative and been involved in "childish" and "stupid" pranks at their training camp in Manchester before the Games last year.

Swimming: AOC to run own inquiry into Australian swimmers

The Australian Olympic Committee on Friday appointed a barrister to lead its own investigation into drug use and bullying by Australian swimmers at last year's London Games. The AOC on Friday said Bret Walker would begin investigating the use of prescription drug Stilnox by members of the men's freestyle relay team as well as other general misbehaviour. The AOC's move comes a fortnight after swimmers James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, Matt Targett, Tommaso D'Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy admitted to using Stilnox in a team bonding exercise at a pre-Olympic camp in Manchester.

Swimming-Fraser wants life ban for Australian 4x100m swimmers

Feb 28 (Reuters) - Swimming great Dawn Fraser wants life bans imposed on members of the Australian men's 4x100m freestyle relay squad who admitted using a banned sedative in a bonding session before last year's London Olympics. James Magnussen and team mates Matt Targett, Eamon Sullivan, Cameron McEvoy and Tommaso D'Orsogna admitted using the prescription drug Stilnox in Sydney last week. James Roberts appeared with the team but said he had not taken the drug.
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