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Last Updated: Friday, 17 March 2006, 08:45 GMT
Thorpe aims for quick pool return
By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport in Melbourne

Ian Thorpe and US Sec of State Condoleezza Rice
Thorpe hopes to be back for next year's World Championships
Ian Thorpe hopes to be swimming again soon, despite missing the Commonwealth Games because of illness.

The 23-year-old star, who is in Melbourne to follow his Australian team-mates, says he is on the mend.

"I'm feeling better and I'll be back in the pool soon," he told BBC Sport. "I've been here supporting the team.

"I think the Australians are performing as well as expected. But British swimmers are also doing much better than we thought, especially the Scots."

Thorpe, still the world record-holder at 200m and 400m freestyle, was speaking after Scottish swimmers Caitlin McClatchey and David Carry both won freestyle golds in the pool on Thursday.

He pulled out of the Games last week, after failing to recover from bronchitis and a chest infection.

Thorpe has not raced internationally since deciding to take a year off after winning his fifth Olympic gold in Athens in 2004.

He is planning to make his comeback at next year's World Championships in Melbourne as part of his preparations for Beijing in 2008.

Links to more Commonwealth Games stories


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08 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
Scot McClatchey wins gold in 200m
16 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
Carry triumphs in 400m freestyle
16 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
Swimming star Thorpe misses Games
07 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games


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