Ian Thorpe eyes London 2012 glory after announcing return

Thorpe aiming to qualify for London 2012 Olympics and compete in the 100m and 200m freestyle events

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe has confirmed will make a return to competitive swimming after a six-year absence from the sport.

The 28-year-old is targeting a place in the Australian team to compete at the London Olympics next year.

Thorpe quit swimming in 2006 citing a lack of motivation after becoming Australia’s greatest Olympian with nine medals—five gold, three silver and a bronze—at the 2000 and 2004 Games along with 11 world championships.

“I never thought I would be swimming in a competitive way again but I am glad that I am,” said Thorpe. “I have spent four years away from the pool and I needed those four years.”

Thorpe specialised in the freestyle events winning gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m at the Athens Olympics in 2004. However, he is now targeting success in the 100m and 200m freestyle and the relay events in London.

“I’m in the process of turning myself into a sprinter who can also maybe do a good 200m as well,” said Thorpe, who is ranked 35th in the all-time Olympic medal table. “I don’t think in the short time that I have that I’ll be able to go through enough training cycles to be able to prepare myself for the (400m).”

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