Adrian blows ‘The Missile’ out of the water in freestyle

Nathan Adrian destroyed Australian star James Magnussen’s ambition of adding the Olympic title to his world crown when the American out-touched him by one 100th of a second in the 100 metres freestyle.

Magnussen, known as ‘The Missile’, had been the red-hot favourite coming into London but doubts arose when the sprint freestyle relay squad finished out of the medals. Last night’s race was a proper head to head down the second length with Adrian taking the title in 47.52 seconds.

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta clocked a new world record as he edged Britain’s Michael Jamieson in the 200 metres breaststroke after a final length shoot-out. Jamieson and Gyurta went head to head over the last 50m with the Athens silver medallist lowering Christian Sprenger’s world mark by 0.03secs to two minutes 07.28.

Rebecca Soni set a new world record of two minutes 20.00 seconds in the semi-finals of the 200 metres breaststroke.

The defending Olympic champion already held the Olympic record but Annamay Pierse was the world record holder, setting the mark at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

It was the second world record of the night after Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta’s had set a new mark of 2mins 07.28secs in the men’s 200m breaststroke.

Japan’s Ryo Tateishi was third.

China’s Jiao Liuyang added the Olympic title to the World Championship gold she won last year.

Jiao’s time of 2mins 04.06secs was a new Olympic record as she upgraded her silver medal from Beijing.

China’s Jiao Liuyang added the Olympic title to the World Championship gold she won last year in the 200 metres butterfly.

Jiao’s time of 2mins 04.06secs was a new Olympic record as she upgraded her silver medal from Beijing. Second was Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain while Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi took third.

In the final action of the evening in the pool, a United States team consisting of Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt won the gold medal and broke an Olympic record in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Meanwhile swimming’s world governing body FINA has hit out at the speculation surrounding the performances of Chinese teenager Ye Shiwen at the London Olympics.

Ye set a world record in winning the 400 metres individual medley and an Olympic medal in claiming her second gold in the 200m medley, but has found herself faced with insinuations that such displays were due to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan and LOCOG chairman Seb Coe have come to the defence of the 16-year-old, and a statement from FINA yesterday read: “Following recent comments reported in the media, FINA would like to clearly state that there is no factual basis to support this kind of insinuations related to the performances of the Chinese swimmer, Shiwen Ye.

“This athlete has fulfilled all of the FINA doping control obligations, having been tested on four occasions in the last 12 months, including twice before the Chinese Olympic trials in 2012. FINA is a leading international federation in the fight against doping and its policy aims at ensuring a drug-free sport in all of its aquatic disciplines.”

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