By Brian Cazeneuve
July 26, 2013
Ryan Lochte's big focus at world championships will be the 200-meter backstroke.
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It's been a rough stretch for Australian swimming since the days when the boys and girls from down under could challenge for the overall medal count and even Thorpedo the world in certain races. How they would love to clone Ian Thorpe, Susie O'Neill, Kieren Perkins, Leisel Jones and Grant Hackett. Is Dawn Fraser still available? More to the point, what can the world power do to bounce back from the Games in London, where the team failed to bring home an individual gold and their program was racked with scandals that ranged from bullying to excessive use of sleeping pills? In Barcelona, both James Magnussen and Cate Campbell are in position to heal some wounds by winning their respective 100-meter freestyle races. Magnussen was the world champ and Olympic favorite, but got nipped at the wall by a hundredth of a second by Nathan Adrian of the U.S. in London. Magnussen will be favored to top Adrian again in Barcelona. Campbell has been posting the season's fastest times, but must still hold off both Franklin and Olympic champ Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.

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