Ian Thorpe ends retirement, looks to 2012 Olympics

February 2, 2011 06:26

SYDNEY — Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe is coming out of retirement, hoping to make Australia's team for next year's London Games.

Speaking at a media conference Wednesday, the 28-year-old Thorpe said he is returning to competitive swimming and will train ahead of the Australian Olympic selection trials in February or March 2012.

He said he will concentrate on the 100-meter freestyle and hopes to compete in the relay events at London.

"It hasn't been something that I have taken lightly in making a decision in returning to competitive swimming, but I actually made a decision in September," Thorpe said.

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