Swimming: The Thorpedo is back

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Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe, now 29, makes his long-awaited return to competitive action today at the World Cup meeting in Singapore, a comeback he hopes will lead to a place in the Australian team for the London Olympic Games.

"I have to remind myself I'm the guy who hasn't swum for five years," he said. "It's not going to be easy." Due to start off in a 100m individual medley heat, he admitted: "I'm more nervous than I usually am, but I am excited as well."