Craig Stevens’ act of mateship for Ian Thorpe still a pleasure

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Ten years ago, Stevens’ milestone moment to qualify for the Athens Games became a sideshow when the great Ian Thorpe inexplicably tumbled into the water like a winged albatross and was disqualified from the 400m freestyle event at the trials.

Stevens finished second to Grant Hackett – in a personal best time – but the pressure mounted for him to relinquish his place to Thorpe. The issue dominated the media for a month.

“Is it really that long? Ten years? I hadn’t even thought of that.”

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