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Ian Thorpe

September 20, 2011

 Ian Thorpe 

Ian Thorpe

IAN THORPE was born on October 13, 1982, in the suburb of Milperra in Sydney, Australia. He is considered one of the best swimmers of all time. The ‘Thorpedo’, as Ian Thorpe is nicknamed, grew up in a family affiliated with sports; both his parents were sportspersons. As a child, Ian was allergic to chlorine, but he overcame that to win nine individual gold medals at the New South Wales  Short Course Age Championships in 1994.
In 1997, now already in the international arena, Thorpe became the youngest male ever (he was 14 years old) to represent Australia. He then went on to win the 400m freestyle at the 1998 Perth World Championships, becoming the youngest individual male World Champion. Besides this, the Thorpedo has broken 22 world records and won five golds, three silvers and one bronze in the Olympics. He has won 11 World Championship titles in all, besides 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine Pan Pacific titles. Thorpe was named the World Swimmer of the Year four times and was also recognised as the Young Australian of the Year in 2000. In 2006, Thorpe quit profesional swimming. Recently, however, he came out of retirement; he will be participating in the London 2012 Olympics.

From  : Navneet News House

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