Australia’s five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe may have to abandon his dream of swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics following a shoulder injury, a report said on Sunday.
Thorpe, 30, who failed to qualify for last year’s London Olympics, said the injury was restricting him in the training pool and he couldn’t reproduce the swims of earlier in his glittering career.
“I don’t want to be the old man who can’t do things — to push out something that may not be realistic any more,” Thorpe told The Sunday Telegraph .
“Although I am going to continue swimming, realistically I don’t think I will be able to get back to a position where I am at the top of the sport.”
Thorpe said he would continue to train with coach Gennadi Touretski purely for the love of swimming. — AFP