Sports Briefing | Swimming
Thorpe Continues to Struggle in Comeback Bid
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: December 17, 2011
Ian Thorpe fared slightly better on the second day of the Italian winter championships in Riccione, although he still has a long way to go to qualify for Australia’s Olympic squad. Thorpe finished 10th over all in the 200-meter freestyle, clocking 1 minute 51.51 seconds.
Sebastiaan Verschuren of the Netherlands led the event in 1:48.20.
Thorpe finished third in his heat behind Italy’s Cesare Sciocchetti and Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo. Thorpe won the 200 free at the 2004 Athens Games after taking silver medals four years earlier in Sydney.
In the first long-course meet of his comeback, Thorpe finished 16th over all Friday in the 100 free. Having announced his comeback in February, Thorpe also struggled at short-course World Cup meets in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo last month. The Australian Olympic trials take place in March.
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