Magnussen gains revenge on McEvoy for 100m gold
Gold medallist Australia's James Magnussen poses during the Men's 100m Freestyle Medal Ceremony at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 27, 2014 - by Glyn Kirk
Tommaso D'Orsogna claimed bronze to make it an all-Australian podium.
McEvoy had surprisingly beaten Magnussen at the Australian trials in April and the man nicknamed "The Missile" said he planned to let his rival make the early pace before surging to victory in the final 25 metres.
"Obviously it wasn't the quickest time I've done in recent times, but I wasn't really focused on times tonight," said Magnussen.
"I had a race plan to let Cam turn first and be ahead at 75m and really save myself for that last 25m to guarantee the win.
"That is what I did and it played out to script. It is a tactic my coach and I devised. I really enjoy racing my own race, but I really enjoy winning."
And Magnussen admitted that finishing second at the Aussie nationals may have been a blessing as it motivated an intense training block ahead of the Commonwealths and the Pan-Pacific championships on home soil in the Gold Coast next month.
"Trials hurt a bit. It was just that initial embarrassment of losing and then I was over it in a day or two," he added.
"It did motivate me. I probably trained quite a bit harder between trials and here because of it.
"It was a pretty big block of training and it would have been hard to do if trials had been awesome."
However, the 23-year-old knows he will need to step up a gear to beat American Olympic champion Nathan Adrian in three weeks' time.
"I just wanted to get the win tonight to reaffirm to myself that I've still got it and now I'll need to prepare myself to go quicker against the Americans at Pan-Pacs because they will bring the heat."
McEvoy was also far from satisfied with his time of 48:34sec, but insisted he was delighted to be able to share the podium with his two teammates.
"I'm really happy that all three Aussies are on the podium. In terms of the time it is not really as quick as I would have liked it to be, but I guess you can't always do your best time.
"It is motivation to get back in the pool and be better the next time."
And the 20-year-old is also expecting a stiffer challenge at the Pan-Pacs.
"The Americans are going to be very quick at the Pan-Pacs, so we are just going to do our best to back it up in three weeks' time."
For D'Orsogna, meanwhile, there was relief at finally sealing an individual medal on the international stage.
"It's amazing. It is my first ever international, long course, individual medal so it is really exciting.
"It has been about six years now I have been on the team, so it just shows the work I am doing with my coach is paying off."
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