Swimming: Magnussen splits with long-time coach

Australia's James Magnussen celebrates after winning the gold medal in men's 100m Freestyle final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

SYDNEY - Australia's world 100m freestyle champion James Magnussen Tuesday said he was splitting with long-time coach Brant Best to get a fresh start heading towards the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 23-year-old, who is battling a persistent back injury, said he wanted to reinvigorate his training programme and was looking for a new mentor.

"Brant has been such an important part of my journey as a professional swimmer, and in shaping me as a person," he said in a statement to the Australian Associated Press.

"Those things combined have made this decision incredibly difficult.

"As I launch into this next competitive block, I have resolved that in order to refocus my programme, and to achieve a sense of renewed invigoration, part of that change process involves working with a new coach."

Under Best, Magnussen won world titles in 2011 and 2013 and claimed silver in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics.


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