Melbourne: Australian swimmer James Magnussen has admitted that he made mistakes, saying that he could have carried himself better during a controversial London Olympic campaign.
He added that his failure to win a gold medal has made him stronger.
The 21-year-old sportsperson said there were many things he would do differently outside the pool in retrospect, after claiming silver in the 100m freestyle final and missing a medal altogether in the sprint relay.
In an interview, Magnussen was also asked about the controversy surrounding him and his 4x100m freestyle relay teammates amid claims of misbehaviour at their training camp in Manchester and suggestions of bullying and favouritism.
Reluctant to comment too much with an independent review into the campaign underway, he said that he and his teammates were simply trying to bond but admitted “mistakes were made.”
“I think one thing people need to understand is as a relay team we’re often from different parts of Australia, different states, and for the best part of the year we’re (rival) competitors,” the Herald Sun quoted Magnussen as telling Nine Network’s Wide World of Sports.
“So it is important for us to try and get a sense of team and try and bond. Obviously there were some mistakes made. As to the full events that occurred on that night, there’s a review by Swimming Australia, all of that will come out.
“But we learned things at those Olympics. I learned things and there are things I’d do differently looking back on it,” he said.
Magnussen said he was largely happy with his behaviour at the Games but believed he took a naive approach to Olympics.
He also admitted that his actions during the failed relay - when he sat slumped in his chair while his teammates were still racing - were not a great look but put it down to shock.