We are happy to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Australia’s World Champion freestyle sprinter, James Magnussen. The 22-year-old from Sydney, became the first Australian to win the world 100m freestyle title at the 2011 Championships in Shanghai.
Magnussen made his first statement in his kickoff event in Shanghai when his 47.49 lead-off in Australia’s winning 4x100m freestyle relay effort marked the fastest-ever in a textile suit, eclipsing Pieter van den Hoogenband’s pre-polyurethane suit time of 47.84.
On joining arena:
“I am very excited and honoured to be working with Arena in the future of my swimming career. The company and the people are highly respected all over the swimming world and so to be joining the International Elite team is something that means a lot to me. Arena shares my passion for swimming and working hard to achieve great things in the water so it is a strong fit for me. I am hopeful of many successes in the future with the Arena Team.”
With Barcelona just weeks away, Magnussen has once again positioned himself as a real contender in the freestyle sprint events, and goes into the meet with four of the year’s five fastest 100m freestyle times (topping at 47.53), along with the second-fastest 50 dash (21.52).
“We are really excited to welcome a sprinter of James’ calibre to the arena family,” said Giuseppe Musciacchio, Arena General Manager of Brand Development.