NSWIS Relay Stars Make Their Mark

Posted on August 8, 2016 by

Matt Abood and James Magnussen have helped pilot Australia into today’s 4x 100m freestyle relay final.

The men’s line-up head into the final with the third fastest time and looking to emulate the gold medal feats of the world-record breaking women’s team on day one of competition.

The NSWIS duo bookended Australia’s heat performance with former world champion Magnussen leading the team off with a 48.85 split.

It is his only event at the Rio Olympics, a year after being forced out of the 2015 World Championships due to shoulder surgery.

“So good. A year ago I was knocked out on painkillers and it seemed a distant fairy-tale. It just shows with a great team around you, you can get back to an Olympic Games within a year,” Magnussen told the AOC website.

Abood anchored the relay home with a 48.43 to put Australia well in the frame for the final.

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