Ian Thorpe 1:49.91 and 12th in the Australian Trials 200 freestyle semi

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Breaking news from Australian Swim Team on Facebook:

“Australia’s greatest Olympian, Ian Thorpe, has clocked the 12th fastest time from the 200m freestyle semi-finals, he’ll miss the final tomorrow night but has the 100m freestyle to come…”

The splits tell their telling tale 24.77 – 27.42 – 28.54 – 29.18 = 1:49.91

Courier Mail has this analysis from Thorpe himself:

“I’m terribly disappointed with that, I had a really good heat swim and I thought I could swim a lot quicker,” Thorpe said.

“The last 100 was a struggle, I’m not sure why.

“This was slower than what I swam this morning, probably the inexperience of racing in the last 18 months held me up.

“The fairytale has turned into a nightmare.

“I’m really grateful for everyone’s support, they’ve been great.

“Hopefully I’ll be faster (in the 100m).”

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