Swimming legend Ian Thorpe fails in Beijing
IAN Thorpe continued to struggle in his comeback today with the Australian failing to qualify for the final of the 100 metres freestyle at the FINA World Cup meet in Beijing.
Thorpe, who failed to reach the final of the 100m butterfly in Singapore last week, was again off the pace.
The five-time Olympic gold medallist clocked a time of 50.21 seconds to finish sixth in his heat and 15th overall in his first freestyle race since 2004.
He finished nearly three seconds slower than his last 100m freestyle race back in 2003.
Thorpe had only decided on swimming the freestyle last night in a bid to avoid any hype surrounding his return to his favoured event.
The 29-year-old will need to improve significantly if he is to qualify for the London Olympics at the trials in March.
Thorpe returned to the pool for the heats of the 100m individual medley, but also failed to make the final with his time of 56.70 falling two one-hundredths short.