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Swimming: Former great Grant Hackett in rehab, says manager

Published on Feb 26, 2014 10:36 AM
A file photo taken on Aug 17, 2008, shows Australia's Grant Hackett standing on the podium for the men's 1500m freestyle swimming final medal ceremony during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian swimming great Grant Hackett is seeking treatment for addiction to prescription drugs, his manager and father said on Wednesday, days after he was pictured half-naked in a hotel lobby looking for his young son.

Hackett, who won the 1,500m freestyle at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and claimed four world titles in a dominant decade at the top, jetted to the United States on Tuesday, apparently to begin rehabilitation.

It comes just weeks after fellow Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe began treatment for depression after a mixture of painkillers and anti-depressants left him disoriented on a Sydney street.

"Grant is currently in transit to seek treatment for a dependency to Stilnox medication," his manager Chris White said in a statement. "His family and friends are enormously proud of his courage in pursuing this course of action."

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