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James Magnussen fails to make Olympic 100m freestyle

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James Magnussen, who finished .01 behind Nathan Adrian in the 2012 Olympic 100m freestyle, did not qualify for Rio in the event at the Australian Olympic Trials on Monday.

Magnussen, the 2011 and 2013 World champion, placed fourth at the Australian trials in Adelaide, needing to finish first or second to make the Rio Olympics in the individual 100m free.

“Obviously pretty shattered,” Magnussen said on Australian TV.

Cameron McEvoy won the trials in 47.04 seconds, an Australian record and the fastest-ever time outside of the high-tech swimsuit era. Kyle Chalmers, 17, was second in 48.03, followed by James Roberts (48.32) and Magnussen (48.68). Full results are here.

McEvoy broke Magnussen’s Australian textile record 47.10 set at the 2012 Olympic Trials. He inched close to Brazilian Cesar Cielo‘s 2009 world record of 46.91.

“I had some good words of advice leading into this race,” said McEvoy, who took silver at the 2015 World Championships in 47.95 behind China’s Ning Zetao (47.84). “A lot of the best swimmers in the world, past and present, get up behind the blocks and just put up the curtains when they decide the lanes. I did that. I guess it paid off.”

Magnussen did qualify for the Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team by finishing in the top six Monday.

Magnussen, 25, had the fastest 100m free time in the world in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, but his best yearly time had gotten slower each of the past four years. He also missed the 2015 World Championships due to left shoulder surgery.

“I’ve done everything I could, physically, to get back in shape,” Magnussen said. “Those guys just raced a better race tonight. I couldn’t keep up with them. That’s how strong Australia swimming is at the moment.”

The Australians, like the Americans, shockingly failed to make the 2015 World Championships 4x100m free relay final.

In London, Magnussen swam a slow leadoff leg en route to the Australians finishing fourth in the 4x100m free relay.

Magnussen can still make the Australian Olympic team individually in the 50m freestyle. That final is Wednesday.

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Swimming short-course records in peril as FINA recognizes ISL times

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In the debut season of the International Swimming League, six U.S. short-course records have fallen. USA Swimming has recognized the new circuit’s times from the outset.

International body FINA, which at first threatened to ban swimmers who participated in the ISL and then said it would not recognize records from the team-based league, which debuted in October and will hold its first final meet Dec. 20-21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, is now recognizing those times, and the effects on its statistics have been drastic.

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This morning, a downloaded list of the top times in the world this year included no ISL times. By the afternoon, times from the ISL’s meet over the weekend in College Park, Md., accounted for most of the times on the lists, including the top 10 in the women’s 50m freestyle and women’s 100m freestyle.

So far, the ISL hasn’t figured into the top five on many all-time FINA lists. But the best short-course times are typically posted near the end of the year, and the ISL has two meets remaining.

The U.S. record book has already changed. In October, Katie Ledecky set the 400m freestyle record (3:54.06) and Melanie Margalis set the 200m medley mark (2:04.18).

In College Park this weekend, Margalis also set the U.S. 400m medley record (4:24.46) and Ian Finnerty set two records the 50m breaststroke (25.99), with runner-up Michael Andrew also beating the previous record, and the 100m breaststroke (56.29). Also, Caeleb Dressel set the 50m butterfly record (22.21).

Only half of the swimmers in the ISL will advance to the final, and qualification isn’t necessarily in their hands. After the College Park meet, the Cali Condors and LA Current clinched spots in Las Vegas. That’s bad news for Andrew (New York Breakers), Finnerty (DC Trident) and Ledecky (DC Trident).

Dressel, Margalis and Lilly King — all representing the Condors — will have another shot at records in Vegas. 

FINA, as usual, is running its World Cup circuit during the fall and early winter, and some swimmers — including overall World Cup champions Vladimir Morozov and Cate Campbell — are pulling double duty between the World Cup and ISL.

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IOC announces deal with Airbnb to add housing for future Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has moved to help with the scramble to house the influx of athletes, staff and spectators with each Olympics, making a deal with online housing broker Airbnb to add accommodations for the Games through 2028.

“The agreement includes accommodation provisions that will reduce costs for Olympic Games organizers and stakeholders, minimize the need for construction of new accommodation infrastructure for the Olympic Games period, and generate direct revenue for local hosts and communities,” the IOC announced.

Airbnb’s partnership also includes accommodation for disability athletes for the Paralympic Games, and the company will join large global companies such as Coca-Cola, Visa and Panasonic as worldwide Olympic partners.

Athletes also will have a chance to make money by hosting travelers.

“As an Olympian host, you can create and lead an experience inspired by your expertise and interests,” reads an explanation on the Olympic athlete support portal Athlete365.

Outside the Olympics and Olympic athlete experiences, the IOC and Airbnb are pledging to work together on long-term support to refugees.

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