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Thursday 24 July 2014

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe in intensive care for infection which could see him lose use of arm

Published 08/04/2014|12:34

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File photo dated 26/07/2012 of Australia's Ian Thorpe. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 31, 2014. Ian Thorpe's management have denied the five-time Olympic gold medallist is in rehab for depression and alcohol abuse. See PA story SWIMMING Thorpe. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe

Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in intensive care in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for an infection that could result in him losing the use of his left arm, Australian media reported today.

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The five-times Olympic champion reportedly contracted the bug after surgery at a hospital in Switzerland, where he now lives.

In February, Thorpe's manager James Erskine said the 31-year-old was suffering from depression after being found disorientated and behaving oddly near a vehicle in Australia after taking a mixture of anti-depressants and painkillers for a shoulder injury.

Thorpe, who made his Games debut in Sydney in 2000, retired in 2006 due to a lack of motivation and made an ill-fated comeback in 2011 when he failed to make the Australian team for the London 2012 Olympics.

"It's serious but it's not life-threatening," Thorpe's agent James Erskine told Australian Associated Press.

"From a competitive point of view - he will not be swimming competitively again I don't think."

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