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Improving Australian swim team's 2020 vision

STATHI PAXINOS 11:01pm Australian swim team head coach Jacco Verhaeren declares the team's best ever Commonwealth Games haul a good result, but says the job is far from done.


Canberra's Ben Treffers eyes Commonwealth Games gold in 50 metres backstroke

Ben Treffers will chase gold in the 50 metres backstroke final.

James Buckley Canberra's Ben Treffers says he’s primed for the “splash and dash” of the 50m backstroke.

Baton passes in Australia's women's swim team


MICHAEL GLEESON Emma McKeon wins third medal in two days as Alicia Coutts misses out and Leiston Pickett wins gold.

Ian Thorpe's success is no secret, so what's everyone else hiding?

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MALCOLM KNOX So Mark Spitz thinks Ian Thorpe may have been an even greater swimmer if he had come out earlier. It’s an interesting theory, and begs a question: Why only seven gold medals, Mr Spitz? What were you holding back?

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Alicia Coutts relaxed ahead of Commonwealth Games swansong

Alicia Coutts won five gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.

FLETA PAGE On the eve of the last Commonwealth Games, few people had heard the name Alicia Coutts.

Saturday Serve

Time to show Ian Thorpe and other gay athletes what they're worth

Ian Thorpe was an incredibly marketable athlete during his career, should his sexuality affect that?

FLETA PAGE Discussions of Ian Thorpe’s coming out aside, it’s time the corporate world got behind gay athletes.


Gay secret behind Ian Thorpe retiring: Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe celebrate medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Grant Hackett reckons former swimming teammate Ian Thorpe retired early because of the emotional burden of keeping secret the fact he was gay.

Brenden Hall set for Commonwealth Games tilt

Brenden Hall showing off his gold at the London Parlympic Games.

STATHI PAXINOS Brenden Hall knows his parents were faced with a decision no one should face. But he is thankful they made the one they did; he believes it saved his life.


Ian Thorpe overcame adversity: Michael Klim

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Michael Klim has rejected claims Australia's greatest Olympian Ian Thorpe could have been greater if he had come out while competing.


Sprint king Eamon Sullivan retires from swimming

Eamon Sullivan has announced his retirement.

Former freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan has announced his immediate retirement from competitive swimming due to ongoing shoulder injury concerns.

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Unlucky Matt Abood finally gets his Commonwealth Games chance in Glasgow

Swimmer Matt Abood.

STATHI PAXINOS No one would have blamed Matt Abood if, during the course of his unlucky journey, he decided that was all too hard and he gave swimming away.

Veteran Emily Seebohm still wants an Olympic gold medal

Emily Seebohm.

STATHI PAXINOS When Emily Seebohm looks at her Australian teammates preparing for the Commonwealth Games, she cannot help but feel one of those twinges that come with the passing of time.

Australian swimming coach Jacco Verhaeren's vision beyond the pool

Swimming Australia national head coach Jacco Verhaeren.

STATHI PAXINOS Australian head coach questions how to keeps talented swimmers in the pool for as long as possible and in a good position to for their post-career lives.

Australian swim team comes out in support of Ian Thorpe

Swimmer Belinda Hocking.

STATHI PAXINOS Squad members hope coming out provides former Olympic champion with some comfort in his personal life.

Ian Thorpe might have been greater still if he had come out as gay, says Mark Spitz

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PETER MUNRO Ian Thorpe is Australia’s greatest Olympian, winning nine medals, including five gold, during his career. But his sporting success might have been greater still if he had come out as gay while competing, says one of the great Olympic swimmers of all time.


Resilient Ian Thorpe's outing a reassurance

Australian swimming  star Ian Thorpe during his heyday in 2002.

FLETA PAGE The fact Ian Thorpe became Australia’s most successful swimmer while going through the inner turmoil of concealing his homosexuality shows “impressive” resilience as an athlete, but his coming out this week was an important reassurance for other gay athletes.


Money aside, Thorpe's revelation will pay dividends

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ANDREW WEBSTER As a gay man, I couldn’t be happier for Ian Thorpe. As a journalist, I have some misgivings of his outing as a homosexual with legendary interviewer Michael Parkinson.

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Ian Thorpe interview: 'This is me'

Ian Thorpe during his interview with Sir Michael Parkinson.

He’s one of Australia’s most acclaimed athletes, winning five Olympic gold medals and setting 22 world records before retiring at 24. But it hasn’t always been a charmed life for swimmer Ian Thorpe. The former Olympian has battled depression and for years denied speculation he was gay. Now, in a tell-all interview with Sir Michael Parkinson, Thorpe sets the record straight.

Deal or no deal: why Thorpe kept quiet

Ian Thorpe

Kate McClymont and Eryk Bagshaw Ian Thorpe contemplated coming out as gay prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but the swimming superstar decided against it because of the detrimental financial consequences suffered by a Canadian swimming star.

Ian Thorpe tells all in interview with Michael Parkinson

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James Robertson and Eryk Bagshaw Swimming legend Ian Thorpe revealed that he is gay and battled depression and alcohol abuse for the greater part of his world-beating swimming career.

Homophobia in sport

Ian Thorpe's tough decision highlighted by commentator Brian Taylor's homophobic slur, says ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Treasurer Andrew Barr.

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Brian Taylor's homophobic slur highlights why it is so tough for athletes like Ian Thorpe, says Andrew Barr.


Ian Thorpe acknowledges he's gay, let's hope he's now happy as well

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PETER FITZSIMONS Ian Thorpe is gay, you say? He’s apparently “come out” in his interview with Michael Parkinson on Channel Ten on Sunday night? Gay, you say?

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Glasgow Games the pay-off for Casey trio of quiet achievers

Long hard hours in the pool have brought a rapid rise for Matson Lawson.

STATHI PAXINOS Ben Hiddlestone reckons he has a good old-fashioned Australian sports story on his hands. There are no bells or whistles to it, and little fanfare, just solid hard work.


Michael Phelps comeback marches on with butterfly win

Michael Phelps

The comeback of Michael Phelps continued in impressive fashion on Friday as the most decorated Olympian of all time beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 100 metres butterfly and notched up the second fastest time of the year in Athens, Georgia.

Scott Volkers: Swimming coach accused of child abuse 'too good to sack'

Executive backing: Scott Volkers.

Rick Feneley and Paul Bibby Swimming officials were determined to keep a masterful coach on the payroll, even after the risk of child abuse was deemed too great. Rick Feneley and Paul Bibby report.


James Magnussen and Emma McKeon stand tall in France

All smiles: French swimmer Florent Manaudou (right) celebrates after winning the men's 50m freestyle, flanked by second-placed James Magnussen and third-placed Cesar Cielo during the Open de France in Bellerive-sur-Allier.

Laine Clark Bridesmaid honours have again gone to James Magnussen but the world swimming champion will still head to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games full of confidence.


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Commonwealth medal glory comes in pairs

Australia picks up two gold medals for shooting, two bronze for mountain biking and the promise of two more medals in boxing in day six of the Commonwealth Games.

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