Missile Loses 100 Freestyle, Rower Arrested For Vandalism

Magnussen loses by 1/100 of a second; Aussie rower drunken vandalises.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australian swim star James Magnussen blew his chance at Olympic gold in the 100 meter freestyle final yesterday, losing by the slimmest of margins.

The favourite was defeated by American Nathan Adrian by 1/100 of a second.

Magnussen was disappointed and held back tears after squandering a chance in relay when he produced a disappointing first leg for the Aussie four.

"I did my best tonight and it wasn't quite good enough. To lose by that amount stings but I've had a lot of great support the last few days from everyone back in Australia. It's been a tough Olympics," he said

Magnussen would have been just the first Aussie to win the event since Michael Wenden in 1968.

Some good news for The Missile, he has at least qualified for the 50 m semis.

Australian rower Josh Booth, competing in his first Olympic games was arrested yesterday for an act of vandalism. While in police custody, Booth fainted.

Booth allegedly damaged three shop fronts and collapsed when in custody at a police station.

The 21-year-old had been celebrating his team’s sixth place finish in the men’s eights.

Australian Olympic Commission chef de mission Nick Green received a 3:30 am phone call and told press that alcohol was a factor.

The Aussie rowers decided not to stay at the Olympic Village due to possible difficulties with traffic and were staying at a location nearby to their venue owned by the prestigious Eaton College.

Booth hasn’t been charged but has been ordered to return to the police today.

Kitty Chiller, the deputy chef de mission for the Australian squad, told the ABC today that Booth was alone and that he hit his head when he collapsed at the police station.