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Thorpe to miss Australia’s world trials

April 19, 2013

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Five time Olympic Gold medalist Ian Thorpe will not compete at Australia’s world championship selection trials this month, Swimming Australia said on Friday

Thorpe has opted not to nominate for any events in the eight-day  competition, which doubles as the Australian championships, starting in  Adelaide next Friday (April 26), Swimming Australia (SA) said.

Thorpe came out of retirement in 2011 in a bid to make the Australian swim  team for the London Olympics but failed to qualify. Despite that, he said that  he would swim on and target this year’s world championship in Barcelona.

The 30-year-old said in January that he believed he could return to his  best form over the next two years and had reportedly switched his focus to the  2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

However, doubts were raised over his future when SA cut Aus$100,000  ($103,000) in funding to Thorpe in March.

Known as the “Thorpedo”, the Olympic great retired in 2006 after a  glittering career in which he ruled the pool from 1998 to 2004, taking nine  Olympic medals and 11 world titles and setting 13 long course world records.


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