05 Nov '11, 5am

Thorpe crashes out in comeback event

Thorpe crashes out in comeback event

Ian Thorpe of Australia speaks during a press conference after Thorpe didn't qualify for the men's 100-meter butterfly event of the Swimming World Cup Saturday Nov 5, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP (AFP) - Swimming great Ian Thorpe failed to qualify for Singapore's World Cup short-course 100m butterfly final Saturday as his bid for a grand comeback from a five-year retirement ended in calamity. The five-time Olympic champion, who disappointingly finished second-last in the 100m individual medley on Friday, was third in his butterfly heat in 54.09 seconds but 11th overall, denying him his only remaining chance of a medal. The result will be a bitter blow to Thorpe and his legion of fans who are hoping the 29-year-old can earn a place at next year's London Olympics and a match-up with American superstar Michael Phelps. The tall Australian preferred not to speak to media immediately afte...

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