Birth Date:  11 Apr 1991
Place of Birth:  PORT MACQUARIE
Country of birth:  AUS
Age:  27
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  197
Weight (Kg):  95

Events and Medals

James MAGNUSSEN - Schedule

Time Event Status
Fri, 6 Apr 11:59
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Heat 2
Fri, 6 Apr 22:07
Gold Medal Event Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final
Mon, 9 Apr 11:15
Men's 50m Freestyle Heat 7
Mon, 9 Apr 20:37
Men's 50m Freestyle Semifinal 1
Tue, 10 Apr 19:45
Gold Medal Event Men's 50m Freestyle Final

Biographical Information

Commonwealth Games
Year Location Event Rank Result
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 50m Freestyle 3 22.10
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 100m Freestyle 1 48.11
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 1 3:13.44
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 2 3:32.21
2010 Delhi, IND Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 1 3:13.92

Olympic Games
Year Location Event Rank Result
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3 3:11.37
2012 London, GBR Men's 50m Freestyle 11 22.00
2012 London, GBR Men's 100m Freestyle 2 47.53
2012 London, GBR Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 4 3:11.63
2012 London, GBR Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3 3:31.58

World Championships
Year Location Event Rank Result
2013 Barcelona, ESP Men's 50m Freestyle 9 21.79
2013 Barcelona, ESP Men's 100m Freestyle 1 47.71
2013 Barcelona, ESP Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 4 3:11.58
2013 Barcelona, ESP Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 2 3:31.64
2011 Shanghai, CHN Men's 100m Freestyle 1 47.63
2011 Shanghai, CHN Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 1 3:11.00
2011 Shanghai, CHN Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 2 3:32.26

Nickname: Maggie, Missile (, May 2016;, 22 Oct 2012)

Following rugby league club Canterbury Bulldogs, spending time with his mini sausage dog, Olli. "I got a little dachshund. I take him for walks out and around the place." (Athlete, 3 Mar 2018; Facebook Fan Page, 31 Aug 2017;, May 2016)

Occupation: Athlete (Athlete, 3 Mar 2018)
Education: Sports business at Australian College of Physical Education, NSW, Australia
Languages spoken: English

CLUB: Mitch FALVEY (AUS) (, May 2016)

Sporting relatives

His father, Rob, is a former reserve grade rugby league player for Western Suburbs. (, 29 Jun 2012)


A lower back injury since the beginning of July 2014 plagued his performance at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Significant damage to his left shoulder caused him to lose 70 per cent of its strength. Had surgery in June 2015, missing the 2015 World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia. (, 6 Aug 2014;, 30 Jul 2014;, 23 May 2015, swimswam, 11 Jun 2015)

Reason: Lived near the beach, so his parents wanted him to learn how to swim for safety reasons. (, 31 Aug 2017)
Ambition: â€œTry to relax and enjoy myself. Try and help the team as much as I can, being more of a senior member these days.â€? (Athlete, 3 Mar 2018)
Memorable: â€œTwo stand out, begin the two world titles. First one I was really excited, I was really young. Second one was a bit more relief, because I was backing up the first world title. They are something I will always carry with me.â€? (Athlete, 3 Mar 2018)
Influence: â€œPeople I have worked with. My coaches, my friends, my family. You only see me get on the block, but there are about a dozen people that helped me get there.â€? (Athlete, 3 Mar 2018)
Ritual: "Same pair of goggles if I win in them." (, 28 Aug 2017)
Additional information

Took time off in 2017 for the longevity of his career, as well as his focus on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - also skipped the 2017 World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (Port Macquarie News, 4 Aug 2017;, 5 Apr 2017)

Despite skipping the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, MAGNUSSEN caused waves when he told local media he was baffled why they weren't leading off their relay teams with their fastest swimmers, saying it was "going against our swimming history". The Australian head coach, Jacco VERHAEREN (NED), fired back by suggesting he should have made himself available for selection. (Port Macquarie News, 4 Aug 2017)

Part of the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle relay squad that admitted using a banned sedative, Stilnox, in a bonding session at a team camp in Manchester, before the London 2012 Olympic Games. MAGUNUSSEN said: "One of the reasons I agreed to go along with this night was I was feeling under so much pressure and it had been building for the best part of a year. The chance to sort of bond with these guys and be normal for one night were my intentions. In hindsight, a ridiculous choice." Also accused by fellow female swimmer, Jade NEILSEN, of harassing other teammates at the camp. It was later revealed that MAGNUSSEN barged into her room with Cameron McEVOY, both wearing only jeans. Later, McEVOY reportedly returned with James ROBERTS, who was wearing only underwear, and started banging on the door. (, 22 Feb 2013;, 22 Feb 2013)

In November 2014, chose the little-known Mitch and Lachlan FALVEY brothers as his coaches, who hadn't trained an elite athlete, after splitting from Brant BEST. Swimming Australia released a statement saying they didn't have to agree with his decision and do not support his training environment. (, 19 Nov 2014)

Has Olympic rings tattoo on his ribs and alpha symbol on forearm. (, May 2016)

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Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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