Bremerton's Adrian advances to 100m Freestyle final

Bremerton's Adrian advances to 100m Freestyle final

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US swimmer Nathan Adrian reacts after he competed in the men's 100m freestyle semi-finals during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 2:50 AM

LONDON  -- Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian qualified second fastest Tuesday for the 100-meter freestyle final, hoping to win his first individual Olympic gold medal.

Adrian’s time of 47.97 was 0.34 behind Australia’s James "The Missile" Magnussen.

Hanser Garcia of Cuba qualified third in 48.04.

Defending 50-meter champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil was fifth and 400-meter winner Yannick Agnel of France made it in seventh.

Australian James "The Rocket" Roberts had clocked the year's second-fastest time of 47.63 at the Australian trials in March but could only muster a 48.57 this time, putting him in a tie for 12th and out of the final.

The top eight made it to Wednesday's final of swimming's signature event.

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