James Magnussen’s act of pure class after brutal SAS Australia twist

Aussie Olympian James Magnussen has been praised for an incredible act of sportsmanship after he was brutally rejected at the finish line of SAS Australia.

Despite completing the gruelling two-week course, the 29-year-old was told he wouldn’t pass the selection course in the final moments of Tuesday night’s finale.

The Directing Staff (DS) made the ruling he hadn’t opened up enough and they wouldn’t want to go into battle alongside him.

“The ultimate question that we ask ourselves, would we have you in our team? You’re stood here, so you succeeded in your own right, feel proud of that, but not all of you have passed this course,” chief instructor Ant Middleton said.

Magnussen, who detailed his struggles to open up emotionally during the program, was then told to hand over his number seconds before three fellow contestants celebrating their incredible achievement.

Fellow contestant Merrick Watts stayed with Magnussen on the first night out of the show and witnessed his classy response to the setback first hand.

“It was the best act of sportsmanship I have ever seen. He was never angry or upset about the DS’s decision not to select him,” Watts told 7NEWS.com.au.

Aussie Olympian James Magnussen has been praised for an incredible act of sportsmanship. Credit: Channel 7

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