Lay off James Magnussen
The fourth placed finish of the men in the 4 x 100 metre relay has created a lot of discussion. As red hot favourites for the event, the result was both disappointing and stunning to many Australian fans.
However, the failure of James Magnussen to speak to poolside reporter Giann Rooney has caused more controversy than the swim itself.
I believe the criticism he is copping is unjustified.
You do not see cameras being shoved in the face of David Beckham after missing a penalty in a Euro quarter final, or Ricky Ponting after making a duck in a World Cup game.
If you did I am sure you would get a worse reaction.
There is no doubt that Magnussen has a chequered history. He has a tendency to speak his mind (or not, as in this case). His derogatory comments about Adelaide when the qualifiers were held there put him offside with South Australians.
Obviously South Australian’s would be unhappy with him saying anything derogatory about their state capital.
However in this instance he was simply in shock at his and the team’s performance and had not had time to process what happened. The fire burns deep in all great athletes who hate losing.
He is now under pressure to perform in the individual event. The mark of a champion is to learn from your mistakes and perform when the chips are down.
That’s what I believe he will do and those same people criticising him at the moment will be cheering another Aussie gold medal.
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