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Magnussen One Hundredth of a Second Off Gold

James Magnussen with Silver Medal Credit: ADAM PRETTY/Getty

James “The Missile” Magnussen claimed a silver medal on day five at the aquatic centre in the men’s 100m freestyle.

America’s Nathan Adrian touched the wall in 47.52 seconds; an agonising one hundredth of a second faster than Magnussen.

The Port Macquarie swimmer began to surge from the 60 metre mark and looked certain to take the gold medal, before Adrian snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in emphatic fashion.

Magnussen was surprisingly upbeat after the race, given the seemingly high expectations he has placed on his himself.

“I gave it my best tonight. It’s really something else, an Olympic Games,” conceded Magnussen.

He also spoke of the unmitigated pressure in the weeks leading up to the event.

“I’ve struggled a little. I’ve learnt a lot. I’ll go back and regroup,” said Magnussen.

The 21-year old appeared to accept defeat more graciously than that of Australia’s fourth place in the men’s 4×100 relay, possibly for the fact that now he gets his hands on his first Olympic medal.

After all the hype surrounding Magnussen, it goes to show that fast times mean nothing in an Olympic final; the unpredictability of these Olympics thus far has been nothing short of unbelievable.

Meanwhile, Brenton Rickard finished a valiant seventh in the final of the men’s 1200m breaststroke event.

Daniel Gyurta was victorious in world record time, swimming a sizzling 2:07.28.

In swimming’s blue ribbon event, the 100m freestyle, Australia’s Melanie Schlanger progressed through to the final as the second fastest qualifier, after swimming a time of 58.38.

Backing up from her 4x100m freestyle gold medal success, Schlanger would love to replicate such success but will have her work cut out trying to overhaul Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo who swam an Olympic record in the semi-finals.

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