Magnussen admitted earlier that he had to rethink his original cocky attitude in entering the London 2012 Olympics.
After Australia’s 4x100m freestyle relay disaster, Magnussen reportedly suffered a bout of nerves. However the 21-year-old Aussie regained his swag for today’s final after yesterday qualifying fastest for the 100m freestyle final.
“To be honest, I came into these Olympics thinking I couldn’t be beaten,” Magnussen the ‘Missile’ said after his initial hiccup.
“It was probably the reality check I needed. Everyone tells you to expect that it’s different and it is … this is the Olympics. I’ve learnt from it.”
The London 2012 Aquatic Centre erupted in shouts of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” as Magnussen was announced Olympic silver medallist.