Ian Thorpe to defend Olympic title

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Ian Thorpe said that he would defend his 400 metres freestyle Olympic title at the Athens Games in August.

Ian Thorpe to defend Olympic title

Sydney:

Ian Thorpe announced at a press conference in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday that he will defend his 400 metres freestyle Olympic title at the Athens Games in August. Thorpe had failed to qualify for the event after he was disqualified for a false start at the Australian Olympic trials in March, but team mate Craig Stevens has opted to forego his place in the discipline, leaving the lane clear for the "Thorpedo". When Ian Thorpe slipped from his starting block in the 400 metre freestyle event at the Australian Olympic trials on March 27, the country's sport fans were left in a state of shock. Qualifying rules stated that false starts would result in disqualification and it appeared that Thorpe, world record holder and Olympic champion in the event, would be unable to defend his title at Athens in August. However, Thorpe can now breathe a sigh of relief. Australia's swimming superstar told a news conference in Sydney on Tuesday that he was delighted to be competing in his favourite event at the Olympics again. (AP)



Topics : Swimming
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