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Australia's 'Missile' homing in on world record at Olympics

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July 23, 2012: Australian swimmer James Magnussen smiles during a news conference in the Main Press Centre at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Without the Thorpedo, James "The Missile" Magnussen is Australia's new weapon in the pool.

The 100-meter freestyle world champion is at his first Olympics and still pretty new to the game at 21, but he's already had some impact.

While Ian Thorpe didn't qualify for the Olympics, Magnussen swam the fastest 100 freestyle time ever in a regular textile suit at the Australian trials this year in 47.10 seconds.

He's pretty straight talking, too.

At the Olympic Park on Monday, Magnussen says that time means breaking Cesar Cielo's world record of 46.91 is within his reach at the London Games, even if all he cares about at the moment is winning gold.

Magnussen adds that Australia's world champion 100 freestyle relay team is "absolutely" the team to beat at the Olympics.