The Missile blazes in 100 freestyle at swim worlds

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By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — James Magnussen posted the fastest preliminaries time in the 100-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships Wednesday.

The defending world champion from Australia touched in 47.71 seconds, far ahead of Konrad Czerniak of Poland at 48.50. Both Americans advanced to the semifinals, with Jimmy Feigen ninth-fastest in 48.86 and Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian moving on in 12th at 48.93.

In her fourth event of the meet, Missy Franklin qualified in the 50 backstroke, a non-Olympic race. She acknowledged being tired after a demanding double the previous night, when she won her second gold in the 100 back and advanced through the semifinals of the 200 free.

Franklin was 13th in 28.44. Fu Yuanhui of China was fastest at 27.55.

Mireia Belmonte of Spain led the women's 200 butterfly in 2:07.21.

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