Thorpe wins historic third title

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Olympic champion Ian Thorpe became the first person ever to win three consecutive world titles at the same distance.

Barcelona:

Olympic champion Ian Thorpe became the first person ever to win three consecutive world titles at the same distance when he led an Australian 1-2 in the men's 400m freestyle race today. The world record holder came in ahead of compatriot Grant Hackett, who won his third straight world silver, with the bronze going to Dragos Coman of Romania. The 20-year-old Thorpe clocked 3min 42.58sec, way outside his world record of 3:40:08 set at last year's Commonwealth Games in Manchester, but enough to ease past Hackett, with whom he had been neck and neck for the first half of the race. Hackett clocked 3:45.17, with Coman in 3:46.87. (PTI)

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