Ian Thorpe Boğaz'ın serin sularında! pic.twitter.com/a4dBQmGqFn
— İstanbul 2020 (@istanbul2020TR) July 6, 2013
Hürriyet Daily News writes that even if he just swam a short ‘show swim’, he said it was really hard to swim against the current and in the sea that was so cold, the 10-time Olympic medalist shivering after 15 minutes.
National Olympic Committee has some interesting but for us non-Turkish speaking cryptic details (in Turkish) here about him not participating because of a shoulder injury?
‘A very difficult race. This is a unique organization, I am very happy to be. Reveals the importance of the Bosphorus in Istanbul Racing. Shoulder my injury, but I would love to compete there. Hopefully I’ll find the opportunity to contest the Bosphorus in the coming years’