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Magnussen Rio-bound in relay team

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Dual world champion James Magnussen is officially Rio-bound after world body FINA confirmed the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team’s Olympic entry.

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Magnussen and fellow relay team members Matt Abood and London Olympian James Roberts have been added to the Dolphins squad.

Magnussen will compete at Rio only in the relay event.

He failed to earn an individual nod after finishing third in the 50m sprint and fourth in his pet event, the 100m freestyle, in April’s Olympic trials in Adelaide.

Abood – who turns 30 this month – will become the sixth-oldest Australian swimmer to make his Olympic debut.

The Dolphins team now boasts 37 members.

The Australian men’s relay team had to wait until the end of the qualification period on May 31 to learn if they were competing at Rio.

They missed automatic Rio qualification by finishing outside the top 12 at the 2015 world titles.

The Australian relay team – completed by world No.1 Cameron McEvoy – swam a qualification time of three minutes, 12.26 seconds at the Olympic trials, ranking them third in the world over 2015-16.

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