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Magnussen to give shoulder another test

  • Magnussen to give shoulder another test

Dual world swimming champion and Olympic silver medallist James Magnussen will ramp up his Olympic preparations after getting the call-up for next week's Perth Aquatic Super Series against China and Japan.

Magnussen made a successful return from shoulder surgery at last week's Victorian Championships with victories in the 50 and 100m freestyle.

It was a far cry from the middle of last year, when Magnussen was forced to go under the knife after losing about 70 per cent of his power in his badly damaged left shoulder.

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The 24-year-old faces an uphill battle to regain peak form and fitness in time for the Rio Games, where he will chase an elusive Olympic gold medal.

But he's determined to give it the best crack he can, with the Aquatic Super Series a perfect tester for where he sits.

Magnussen won the 50m freestyle in 22.51 and the 100m in 49.35 in his Melbourne return, but admitted he was a tad worried leading into the meet about how his shoulder would cope.

"It actually came through with flying colours in what was definitely a big first step up," Magnussen said.

"I will knuckle down between now and next week (with coach Mitch Falvey) on some specific speed work.

"We have come off a block of work on my fitness and it's good to get that feel back and get a race under my belt and to now work on a few more specifics."

After the Perth meet, Magnussen will race in the NSW Championships in March, before fronting up for the Olympic Trials in April in Adelaide.

The Perth Aquatic Super Series will be held from February 5-6 at HBF Stadium.

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