03 Apr '11, 8am

Australia hopes to lure Michael Phelps for a head-to-head clash with Ian Thorpe to spice up an elite local swim meeting

Ian Thorpe (left) cast doubt on Michael Phelps' (right) ability to break swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-title record from a single Olympics in the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Games. -- PHOTO: AFP, AP AUSTRALIA - AUSTRALIA hopes to lure Michael Phelps for a head-to-head clash with comeback kid Ian Thorpe to spice up an elite local swim meeting, local media reported on Sunday. Phelps had declined an invitation to participate in the inaugural two-day Summer Swim Series in Sydney in January, but local authorities would try to lure the American again for next year's meeting with a potential showdown with Thorpe the bait. 'We tried to attract Phelps here last year... and while he showed initial interest we were unable to get him on the plane because of a timing issue,' Swimming Australia chief executive Kevin Neil told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.'(Thorpe-Phelps) is early da...

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