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Five great Ian Thorpe moments in his swimming career

Published on Apr 10, 2014 12:04 PM

Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is currently fighting a serious infection after undergoing shoulder surgery. There are fears that the 31-year-old may lose the use of his left arm.

Nicknamed "Thorpedo", the freestyle expert dominated the pool in the early part of the previous decade, winning a total of five Olympic golds and breaking a series of records in his glittering career.

Here are five of Thorpe's greatest sporting moments.

1) Aged 15, Ian Thorpe gave the world its first glimpse of his prowess in the pool. The gangly teenager out-touched team-mate Grant Hackett, 17, to claim the 400m freestyle title (4.46.29) at the 1998 World Championships in Perth to become the youngest individual world champion.

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