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Michael Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

The most decorated swimmer of all time may be getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

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Ian Thorpe 'in good spirits' as he fights infection - manager

Ian Thorpe in hospital (Thumbnail)

Reports that swimming great might lose the use of his arm are "nonsense", his manager says.

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Stephanie Rice confirms retirement from swimming

Stephanie Rice

Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice has officially announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

Ian Thorpe in intensive care

Reportedly in hospital: Ian Thorpe

Swimming great Ian Thorpe is "quite sick" in a Sydney hospital after contracting two potentially deadly infections and will never swim again competitively, his agent says.

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Australia picks 59-strong swim team for Glasgow

Eamon Sullivan

STATHI PAXINOS Australia will have a 59-strong team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games although triple Olympian Eamon Sullivan will have to pass a fitness test in coming weeks after being set to have his third shoulder operation in 18 months this week.

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Mack Horton tests himself against the greats

Mack Horton is congratulted by Jordan Harrison (left) after winning the men's 1500-metre freestyle final on Sunday.

STATHI PAXINOS Mack Horton has a piece of paper stuck above his bed with times of the best distance swimmers in history. It changes every year as he gets older and he matches himself against the likes of Kieren Perkins and Grant Hackett at the same age.

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Australian swim team seeks winning edge for Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Cameron McEvoy.

STATHI PAXINOS The Australian swim team was facing a challenge to fulfil the goal of winning 53 medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as set out by the Australian Sports Commission Winning Edge report release last week.

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One last effort for Thomas Fraser-Holmes

Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

STATHI PAXINOS Thomas Fraser-Holmes sat huffing and puffing after he finished his heat of the 200 individual medley on Sunday morning. But at this stage the Glasgow Commonwealth Games selection trials, the sixth and final day, it is all about mental preparation.

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I have been white knuckling for a year: Hackett

Grant Hackett.

After spending 35 days in The Meadows rehabilitation clinic in Arizona, Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett has opened up about his addiction to the sleeping drug Stilnox.

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Cate Campbell wins 100 freestyle, but sister Bronte's swim the eye-catcher

Cate Campbell (right) celebrates with her sister, Bronte, after winning the women's 100 metre freestyle event on Saturday.

STATHI PAXINOS Cate Campbell won the 100-metre freestyle at the Commonwealth Games selection trials at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre on Saturday night in a blistering time of 52.68 seconds, but the world champion's night was made special by the performance of her sister Bronte, who pushed her to the limits in a time that could prove to be her coming of age as a contender.

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Rising distance stars Mack Horton and Jordan Harrison push each other towards the top

Mack Horton (right) with David McKeon after the latter won the 400m freestyle final in Brisbane last Tuesday.

STATHI PAXINOS The teenage pair have their sights on the mantle of the world's best distance swimmer, China's Sun Yang.

Eamon Sullivan not ready to be written off yet

Eamon Sullivan.

STATHI PAXINOS Eamon Sullivan cringes a little bit when he sees stories published about him nowadays, because of a simple word that often precedes his name.

Belinda Hocking learns to believe on road to Commonwealth Games

STATHI PAXINOS Belinda Hocking is just getting to a stage in her career where she believes, where she does not need to be told that she is good enough, she knows she is.

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James Magnussen puts final loss down to world-record chase

James Magnussen.

STATHI PAXINOS James Magnussen has blamed world-record chasing for his shock defeat in the 100-metre freestyle final at the national title when he was blown away by Cameron McEvoy in Brisbane on Friday night.

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'Rocket' James Roberts grounded but hoping to fire again

Temporarily grounded: James Roberts aims to bounce back from a lower back injury.

STATHI PAXINOS It was not too long ago that Australian swimming was talking about the two James. One was known as the 'Missile', the other as the 'Rocket'. But while James Magnussen has gone on to win two individual world championships and an OIympic silver medal, James Roberts has enjoyed far less success on the international stage and has now been left grounded by a degenerative back injury at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games selection trials.

Alicia Coutts says Australia 'guaranteed' swimming gold

Laine Clarke The way Alicia Coutts sees it, Australia are "guaranteed" the women's 4x100 metres freestyle gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with or without her.

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Redemption for Canberra swimmer Ben Treffers as he qualifies for Commonwealth Games

Canberra swimmer Ben Treffers.

CHRIS DUTTON Canberra swimmer Ben Treffers has revealed he needed to fall in love with the sport again.

Reigning champ Alicia Coutts pulls out of 100 freestyle in Glasgow

Alicia Coutts.

STATHI PAXINOS There will be no defending champion in the 100-metre freestyle at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games because Alicia Coutts has withdrawn from the event at Australia's selection trials. In doing so, she has put further potential gold at risk by jeopardising her place in what she believes is a "guaranteed gold" as part of the women's relay team.

Christian Sprenger makes his mark in and out of the pool

Christian Sprenger makes his entrance.

STATHI PAXINOS Christian Sprenger has been making a mark in the pool during the past two years with a world title and Olympic silver medal in the 100 metre breaststroke, but the late bloomer wanted to make a real statement at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games selection trials currently being held in Brisbane.

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Sisters make it a double in Commonwealth Games trials

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 03: Cate Campbell celebrates after winning the final of the Womens 50 metre Freestyle event during the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre on April 3, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

STATHI PAXINOS Cate and Bronte Campbell maintained their dominance of Australia's one-lap dash when the sisters doubled in the 50 freestyle final for the third national titles in a row.

Matt Cowdrey has an eye to future in and out of the pool

Matt Cowdrey.

STATHI PAXINOS After three Paralympic Games and 23 medals, including an Australian-record 13 gold, Matt Cowdrey has began thinking about his life outside the pool. To this end, the decorated swimmer recently returned from a three-month internship in the office of US congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Relaxed Campbell ready to silence the doubters

STATHI PAXINOS The world championship that Cate Campbell won in Barcelona last year not only cemented her as the world's No.1 women's 100 metre freestyler, it also provided justification to Campbell, and to those who she believed were  beginning to doubt her, that after years of unfulfilled promise that she had made the right career choice.

Alicia Coutts relieved after Commonwealth Games nod

A relieve Alicia Coutts has assured Commonwealth Games selection, but has a busy schedule ahead.

Laine Clark Selection for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is assured for swimming champion Alicia Coutts - now for the tricky part.

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James Magnussen to save himself for 100 freestyle final at Commonwealth Games trials

STATHI PAXINOS World champion James Magnussen was likely to hold back during tonight's 100 metre freestyle semi-final and aim at unleashing the results of his promising form at Friday nights final at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games selection trials.

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Formerly British Ellen Gandy ready to swim for Australia at Glasgow Commonwealth Games

True-blue Aussie: Ellen Gandy.

STATHI PAXINOS Ellen Gandy hopes the Australian questions will now go away as does not know just what more she has to prove where he allegiances now lie. She has lived in Australia for eight years, and has gained her citizenship, has an Australian boyfriend and two Australian dogs, and now the former Brit, who grew up in south-east London, will be representing Australia in swimming at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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Aussies prepare for Michael Phelps comeback

Michael Phelps.

STATHI PAXINOS Australia's 200 metre freestyle swimmers were champing at the bit at the prospect of American great Michael Phelps making a comeback to competitive swimming, Thomas Fraser-Holmes declared on Wednesday night.

Thomas Fraser-Holmes stars at Commonwealth Games trials

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02:  Thomas Fraser-Holmes competes in the final of the Mens 400 metre Individual Medley event during the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre on April 2, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

STATHI PAXINOS It is a measure of Thomas Fraser-Holmes' increasing expectations that he is using the disappointment of only making two finals at last year's world championships as motivation for this year.

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Grant Hackett deserves to be remembered as the leader of golden generation: coach

Olympic champion: Grant Hackett.

STATHI PAXINOS Grant Hackett should be remembered as the leader of Australia's golden generation of swimming and not for his post-career problems, former coach Denis Cotterell has declared.

Daniel Smith continues comeback from drug and alcohol addiction

STATHI PAXINOS For an elite few, the pool can provide a way to fame and, to even the more select few, fortune. Daniel Smith thought he was on that path as a top junior swimmer before the pressures of expectations and his own spoilt lifestyle caught up with him. He then spent five years on the streets and in the grips of drug and alcohol addiction.

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Grant Hackett says he is back on track

Grant Hackett arrives in Los Angeles, February 26.

Olympic swimming champion Grant Hackett has left rehab saying he feels proud he had the courage to seek treatment for a sleeping pill addiction.

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