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Putting the heartbreak and scandal of silver and out of pool dramas at London 2012 behind him, James Magnussen re-earned his 'Missile' tag with an explosive come from behind win in the 100m final at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona.

The Australian is again the world's fastest man over the blue riband distance, defending his title from Shanghai four years ago in a time of 47.71 seconds.

Magnussen, 22, described the win as "really emotional" and said he used the "pretty terrible" events of the past year, including his being part of a "toxic" team environment, as inspiration.

"It was really emotional," Magnussen said."That last 15 metres, I really used the last 12 months of experiences that I've gone through." Magnussen flew from fifth to snatch a narrow victory on the wall.

"I was really aggressive towards the wall and I'm just stoked that I got there," he said.

"I've put the last 12 months behind me now and I consider that race the start of my preparations for Rio."

Australia also won its sixth silver medal of the campaign in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay With a huge personal best, Aussie teenager Cameron McEvoy (47.88) finished just out of the medals in fourth. Tonight, Australia's Cate Campbell has qualified fastest in the women's 100m final. 

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Swimming World Champs: Aussie James 'Missile' Magnussen fires again to retain 100m title, Cate Campbell fastest into tonight's final
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