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Best: Magnussen At Another Level

Jan 8, 2013

News Round-Up:

Australia: James Magnussen has gone to "another level" in training after gutsy Games debut and setback at the London 2012 Olympics, where Australia's 4x100m free relay took a hammering and the sprinter was pipped, by just 0.01sec, for the 100m free crown by Nathan Adrian (USA). Magnussen's coach Brant Best tells the Australian media that Magnussen, who will race at the Super Series in Perth next week again China and South Africa (neither of which have sprinters capable of serious challenge to the world champion), has stepped up big time since London 2012. "He did a good job going into London but he has found another level. He has been amazing at training," Best tells The Gold Coast Bulletin. "He copped a bit of flak from a few people but at the end of the day he tried his guts out and had a good crack at his first Olympics. To give your all and to have people have a go at you like they did, it takes a hell of a lot of character to stand up and make yourself better, especially at 21. He continues to surprise me the way he steps up."

USA: Ryan Lochte has been given his own reality television show. The five-time Olympic gold medal winner will star in E! programme What Would Ryan Lochte Do? The six episodes will run in April this year and follow the 28-year-old in the pool, on the cat walk, the fashion line, at media love-ins and in his dealings with family and friends - oh, and, says the publicity, his "desperate search to find a girlfriend" (said to be Miss Universe this past week.  E! Entertainment president Suzanne Kolb said: 'Ryan Lochte captured everyone's attention at the Summer Olympics with his athletic prowess and his utterly unique and unaffected approach to life. He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun. Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him." Gators coach Gregg Troy is not expected to tune in…