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Swimming: Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe in rehab, says report

Published on Jan 31, 2014 8:14 AM
 
Swimmer Ian Thorpe of Australia speaks with reporters during a press conference near the Olympic Stadium in London in this file photo taken on July 26, 2012. Five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Thorpe has been admitted to a Sydney hospital battling depression and alcohol abuse, a report said on Jan 31, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Ian Thorpe has been admitted to a Sydney hospital battling depression and alcohol abuse, a report said on Friday.

The 31-year-old, one of Australia's most recognised sportsmen, has struggled to adjust to life after swimming and with the disappointment of a failed effort to reach the 2012 London Olympics.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph said he was injured in a fall earlier this week before his family sought medical help, with Thorpe admitted to hospital on Wednesday, where he will be treated for depression and alcohol abuse.

Broadcaster Alan Jones is one of his closest associates and spoke to the swimming champion recently.

 
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