02 Feb '11, 2am

Swimming: Thorpe to return for London Olympics

SYDNEY: Five-time Olympic freestyle champion Ian Thorpe announced his return to swimming for the 2012 London games Wednesday, saying he could "actually taste" his desire to compete. "Ian Thorpe is very much back," said John Borghetti of sponsor Virgin Blue, opening a joint press conference with Thorpe. "He registered this morning with the international drug testing register and he's planning to win lots of gold at the 2012 Olympics." Australia's most decorated Olympian, Thorpe said he decided to return to the sport back in September and started training on the sly, using eight different pools to dodge suspicion and telling friends to "lie through their teeth" about his plans. Touring the "extraordinary" Olympic swimming venue in London sealed his decision, he said. "I could actually taste it -- I haven't felt like swimming like that for a very long time." He sketched out a...

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