Monday October 22, 2012
Aussie star James admits London mistakes
SYDNEY: Australian world champion James Magnussen admitted yesterday he had made mistakes at this year’s London Olympics but added that his failure to win a gold medal had made him stronger.
In his first public comments since the Games, Magnussen said in hindsight there were many things he would do differently after claiming silver in the 100m freestyle and missing out on a medal in the sprint relay.
The 20-year-old also admitted mistakes amid claims of misbehaviour involving him and his 4x100m freestyle relay team-mates at their training camp in Manchester two days before the team went to London.
The claims included swimmers upsetting team-mates and coaches by prank calling and knocking on their doors late at night.
“We learned things at those Olympics. I learned things and there are things I’d do differently looking back on it,” he said.
He admitted his actions during the failed relay - when a shattered Magnussen sat slumped in his chair while his team-mates were still racing - were not a great look but put it down to shock.
The world champion sprint team of Magnussen, James Roberts, Eamon Sullivan and Matt Targett were favourites to claim gold but finished in fourth place. — AFP