Reality check for Magnussen

30 July 2012

SWIMMING: James Magnussen’s much-anticipated Olympic super show - he arrived in London with four golds on the agenda - missed the kick when the 100m relay team failed to win a medal last night after qualifying fastest.

Magnussen, Matt Targett, Eamon Sullivan and James Roberts were attempting to emulate the girls, who won the same race the previous night, a double Australia has never managed at the same Olympics – still.

But from the moment Magnussen swum a disappointing 48.03 to trail American Nathan Adrian in the first leg, they never looked like it and slipped back to fourth behind France, the USA and Russia,  which also gave American superstar Michael Phelps a second major setback.

The Australians clocked 3:11.63, well adrift of the 3:09.93  of the Frenchmen Amaury Levaux, Fabien Gilot, Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel.
It was a reality check for Magnussen, who was shattered.

“Words can’t describe that how I feel. I’m really disappointed,” he said.

Targett added:  “It’s not the way we envisioned it at all. We thought we were prepared for everything, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for that scenario.”

Australia qualified five swimmers for last night’s finals -  Leisel Jones in the 100m breaststroke, Hayden Stoeckel 100m backstroke, Thomas Fraser-Holmes 200m freestyle and  100m backstrokers  Emily Seebohm and Belinda Hocking. Seebohm is the fastest qualifier.

Ron Reed in London
olympics.com.au

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