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Jan 28, 2013 2:31am
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Brent Hayden of Mission, B. Justin Smith Black Jersey .C., qualified for
his first individual Olympic final on Tuesday, posting the sixth-fastest time of
the mens 100-metre freestyle semi-final heats. Hayden started slow but surged
ahead in the final 50 metres to touch the wall in 48.21 seconds. Reigning world
champion James Magnussen posted the fastest time of the semis in 47.63s. He is
expected to be Haydens greatest rival in Wednesdays final. Hayden was left
disappointed four years ago in Beijing, failing to make the final in his top
event, despite having entered as the reigning world champ. “It was just a huge
weight off my chest,” he told CTVOlympics after Tuesdays race. “Ive been
fighting that monkey ever since Beijing so hes finally gone.” More to come…