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Swimming: Thorpe released from hospital after battling infection

Published on Apr 30, 2014 5:19 PM
Australia's Ian Thorpe gestures while speaking to the media after the men's 200m freestyle semi-finals at the 2012 Australian Swimming Championships to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, in Adelaide on March 16, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Five-time Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe has been released from a Sydney hospital after successfully battling a serious infection, his manager said on Wednesday.

Australia's most decorated swimmer, Thorpe retired after the 2004 Athens Olympics before making an unsuccessful comeback bid for London in 2012.

He contracted the infection after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this year and initial reports had him in intensive care battling to save the use of his left arm.

His manager James Erskine poured cold water on those reports and on Wednesday said the 31-year-old had been released.

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