SAS finale: Shock as James Magnussen dumped at finish line

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James Magnussen made it all the way to the end of the final challenge of SAS Australia before he was brutally dumped in the final seconds, and viewers aren’t happy.

The swimmer was told it “just wasn’t enough” by the DS (directing staff) before being asked to hand over his number, with Merrick Watts, Nick Cummins, and Sabrina Frederick being told they had passed the course.

James Magnussen on sas australia
James Magnussen was told it “just wasn’t enough”Photo: Channel 7

“The course is now complete. During every single hour of every single day, every single task, we've been assessing you, nitpicking, ripping apart your personalities, trying to dig deep into who you are” Ant Middleton told the group.

He then turned to James telling him “it is not your time”.


All four stars had made it to the end of the punishing final challenge known as the 'sickener', leaving fans wondering why the Olympian didn’t make it all the way through.

Ant Middleton congratulates James Magnussen as he leaves sas australia
Ant Middleton congratulates James. Photo: Channel 7

“That is rough, James deserves to be part of the sas group,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“What a shame should of been all four at the end... well done though,” another viewer agreed.

“I would’ve thought James would be top two with Nick. Don’t get it,” was another comment.

While a fourth wrote: “All four should have made it.”

SAS winners Merrick Watts, Nick Cummins, and Sabrina Frederick
Merrick Watts, Nick Cummins, and Sabrina Frederick passed the SAS course. Photo: Channel 7

Sabrina began to cry after finding out she had passed selection, embracing her fellow recruits and the show's DS.

“I have so much respect for the SAS, to embark on this and to pass selection, and for them to embrace me as one of their own is something I'll never be able to explain how much that means to me,” she said.

Meanwhile Merrick stood at the top of the mountain shouting: “f**k yeah!”

“To pass it and to get through it and survive it is one of the greatest achievements I’ve ever had in my entire career,” he said.

Despite the shock ending many viewers also praised the series, already asking for a season two.

“Not really a fan of reality TV, but I loved this show. Well done to all that had a crack and especially to those that passed,” one wrote.

“Finally something on TV worth sitting through 9million adverts for,” another said.

“I want SEASON 2 please,” was another comment.

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