Hackett dropped in deep end by hacker

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Grant Hackett, Australia's Olympic champion, has been losing friends after winning gold at the Sydney Games - thanks to a computer hacker who is sending abusive messages in the swimmer's name.

Grant Hackett, Australia's Olympic champion, has been losing friends after winning gold at the Sydney Games - thanks to a computer hacker who is sending abusive messages in the swimmer's name.

"Somebody actually hacked into my e-mail address and has been sending abusive e-mails to people on the Australian swim team and people at certain swimming clubs around Australia and people I don't even know," Hackett said.

The 1500 metres medallist said that he had only learned of the e-mail break-in the previous week and believed the hacker was another swimmer with a grudge against him.

"People have sent e-mails to me and he, or whoever it is, has sent e-mails back to them being abusive, calling them f-word names and telling them to stop sending me letters and trying to break up friendships with people I know," he said.

"It's causing me a fair few problems right now and I'd love to catch the person."

At the Fina World Cup 2 meet in Maryland, Slovakia's Martina Moravcova on Thursday added three more medals to the three she won on Wednesday at the College Park venue.

Moravcova, who won two silver medals in Sydney, won the 100m freestyle in 53.59 seconds, the 100m individual medley in 1:01.10 and the 50m butterfly in 26.60, to easily earn the women's high point trophy.

The men's trophy was shared by the United States Olympian Ed Moses and Germany's Jirka Letzin. Moses clocked 1:00.06 in the 100m breaststroke on Thursday to wrap up his sweep of the three breaststroke events, while Letzin was a comfortable victor in the 200m individual medley [1:58.92] to complete his sweep of the medleys, a feat he accomplished last weekend at World Cup 1 in Rio de Janeiro.

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