Ian Thorpe starts training for 2013 World Championships
The Australian comeback king, Ian Thorpe has started training for the 2013 World Championships.
The 29-year-old Thorpe, who just missed his spot on the Australian team to the 2012 London Olympic Games, has resumed his full training program as he seeks to take his revenge at the next year’s world titles.
Thorpe, who won gold medals in the events of 200m and 400m freestyle at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games, retired from swimming in 2006 but made a comeback to his beloved sport in February 2011.
Just after declaring the news of his comeback, Thorpe publicised that he would try to confirm his spot in the Australian 4*100m freestyle relay team at the upcoming Olympic Games.
He just needed to secure a top six finish in the 100m event, but Thorpe failed to counter the pace of young Australian sprinters and failed to secure his place to London.
He participated in the 100m and 200m freestyle events but failed to achieve a top six finish in both of them.
The 29-year-old was disappointed that he failed to yield optimum results from all the hard work he has doing for months. Nevertheless, he announced that he will take a few days off and will return to the pool for the 2016 Games in Rio.
“I’m already back in the pool. I’m heading back [to Switzerland] pretty soon, very soon,” Thorpe said.
When asked if he has set any priorities to participate in the upcoming events, Thorpe said,
“Which event I do first, I’m not certain of, but the priority at the moment is [to get] back in training and I’ll work out and a few months time which competition it will be.”
Thorpe claims that he has no intention of quitting swimming again and he will continue his struggle until the 2012 Games in Rio.
With his elevated hopes and determination, the Australian has once again won the hearts of his supporter, who thought that Thorpe might be once again parting his ways from swimming after his failure to qualify for London.