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Despite most people, and even a few of his sponsors, assuming heâ€™d hung up his Speedos, turns out Sullivan never actually uttered the â€œRâ€ word.
â€œEven to this day people go: â€˜Oh are you still swimming?â€™,â€ Sullivan says.
â€œItâ€™s like: â€˜yeah, got the Commonwealth Games in a couple of months, actuallyâ€™.â€
He isnâ€™t simply clinging to a relay spot for Glasgow either; heâ€™ll go as one of Australiaâ€™s top medal hopes after qualifying fastest for the 50m freestyle.
Having dropped the 100m to focus on the one-lap frenzy, Sullivan shocked everyone to upset big boys James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy at the national trials in May and book a ticket to his third Commonwealth Games.
With a slick 21.65sec in the semi, he is the third fastest in the world this year.
â€œIt was a textile (non-suit) PB, it equalled (Alex) Popovâ€™s old 50 world record, it was 0.13 quicker than I went in the (50m) final in London, and I was probably only 80 per cent of where I want to be,â€ Sullivan says. â€œSo … it was a good race.â€