Dating a rescue swimmer
At the end of the year, Thorpe qualified for the Australian Short Course Championships.It was another chance to gain national selection, as the event served as the selection trials for the 1997 FINA World Swimming Championships.Police said a woman, who appeared to be with the man at the time, jumped into the water to help rescue the man. “And our marine unit was doing training in the area so they were here in about 7 minutes, which is extraordinary.” Wallace said the woman was checked over by paramedics before being taken to 51 Division to provide police a statement about what happened.The female was able to get out of the water but police were forced to rescue the remaining man. “Our preliminary investigation is that alcohol might be a factor but we’re canvassing video in the area to confirm that,” Wallace added.His wins in the 200 m and 400 m and his bronze in the 100 m freestyle in Athens have made him the only male to have won medals in the 100–200–400 combination.During this, he picked up the nickname "Thorpedo" because of his speed in swimming.With a top-three finish and a specific qualifying time required for selection, Thorpe focused on the 400 m freestyle after injuries to world record holder Kieren Perkins and Daniel Kowalski; both had won Olympic medals in the event.Thorpe went on to win bronze behind 16-year-old Queenslander Grant Hackett, setting a new personal best of 3 min 53.44 s.
and was the Australian Swimmer of the Year from 1999 to 2003.The speculations were substantiated when Thorpe spoke at a February 2011 press conference of his return to swimming after four years away, with the aim of competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.A talented batsman, he once topped the season's batting averages ahead of former Australian captain Bob Simpson.His athletic achievements made him one of Australia's most popular athletes, and he was recognised as the Young Australian of the Year in 2000.Aside from 13 individual long-course world records, Thorpe anchored the Australian relay teams, numbering the victories in the 4 × 100 m and the 4 × 200 m freestyle relays in Sydney, among his five relay world records.