Swimming great Ian Thorpe is reportedly in intensive care in a Sydney hospital with a serious infection that may cause him to lose the use of his left arm.
Network Seven reported on Tuesday that the 31-year-old five-time Olympic gold medallist contracted the infection after surgery at a hospital near his home in the Swiss town of Ronco sopra Ascona.
He is now in intensive care in Sydney and Seven said Thorpe’s close associates fear he could lose the use of his left arm.
Thorpe’s father revealed in February that the swimmer was battling depression.
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It’s the simple device that could help the Australian Swim Team reach for more gold – and it was developed right here in Brisbane.
The Corsuit straps on like a belt, keeping a swimmer’s spine straight and body streamlined.
With their lungs lower and their hips higher in the water, the swimmer gains a mechanical advantage because their muscles are positioned to generate maximum power and minimum drag.
Developed and prototyped in 2010 by Sam James while studying industrial design at QUT, he’s now commercialised the performance-enhancer with the help of the university’s innovation arm, bluebox.
“2010 was a tough year for swimming because it was the year that full bodysuits were banned from competition, which immediately slowed swimmers down,” said Mr James, himself a former national-level swimmer.
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After a week during which he topped the world rankings with sizzling times over 50 and 100m breaststroke at Australian trials, Christian Sprenger has revealed one of the secrets to his success: the Corsuit, a training device that straps on like a belt, keeping spine straight and body streamlined.
Chad le Clos won his big showdown with Dylan Bosch on the opening night of the South Africa Aquatic Championships with the pair among four swimmers to post Commonwealth Games qualifying times in Durban on Monday.
Olympic gold medallist Le Clos recorded the fastest time in the world this year to win the 200 metres butterfly final in one minute, 54.56 seconds (1:54.56).
Bosch, who broke the NCAA or American Universities’ record in the 200 yards butterfly just under 10 days ago, was second in 1:56.92 with both men dipping under the 1:57.03 qualification mark.
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Mesa firefighters say the body of a man has been found at the bottom of an apartment complex swimming pool near Dobson Road and the U.S. 60.
Mesa Fire Department spokesman Dean Morales says crews responded to the complex at 3 a.m. Sunday after a resident walking by noticed a person in the pool.
Morales says fire crews pulled the 24-year-old man out and attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Morales says it’s not yet known if drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.
Veteran swimmers Eamon Sullivan and Emily Seebohm booked their tickets to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games with victory at the national titles on the weekend, while youngster Mack Horton impressed in the men’s 1500m.
The 59-person squad for the July Games, which includes world champions James Magnussen, Christian Sprenger and Cate Campbell, was announced on Monday night after a gruelling week of qualifying in Brisbane.
There were some impressive performances in the Chandler pool, but Olympic legend Shane Gould says the glory days are gone.
“I think the days of Australia’s dominance in swimming are over,” Gould told 7.30.
“I don’t think you can say the world is catching up. They have caught up and they’re ahead.”
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A world-class swimmer and 2016 Olympic hopeful showed up at a Crystal Lake banquet hall Sunday morning to surprise a 13-year-old boy who in February was the target of an alleged hate crime in his Crystal Lake middle school.
BJ Johnson, 26, a USA National Swim Team member, flew in to Chicago on Sunday morning from his home in California just to tell Omid Babakhani that his “swim family” from across the country supports him in his recovery and encourages his return to swim.
“We all wish you the best,” Johnson said.
February’s assault resulted in shattering both of Omid’s clavicles. Another student was charged with aggravated battery and committing a hate crime in the assault.
The soft-spoken Omit has since undergone a painful surgery involving the placement of two titanium plates held in place by six screws on each clavicle.
“I came here to tell you to not give up on what you are trying to do,” Johnson said to Omid prior to addressing the other swimmers and their families who attended the banquet.
The closest Eamon Sullivan had come to the Australian swimming team in the last two years was as their host at his Perth restaurant in January.
No wonder he was surprised he had booked a Glasgow Commonwealth Games berth at the national titles in Brisbane on Sunday night.
And it seems “Stilnox Six” member Sullivan will be welcomed back to the team with open arms after Swimming Australia high performance manager Michael Scott claimed everyone would arrive at the Glasgow team camp with a clean slate.
Hannah Miley will attempt to record the times she needs to qualify for a further two Commonwealth Games events at next week’s British Championships.
Miley has won five titles at the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow.
But she did not post the 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke marks needed to race in those events at the Games.
“I will have a lot more competition, so that might push me a bit more,” Miley said of next week’s event at Tollcross.
“We’ll see how that goes as I need to get back into my training now as well.”
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Cate Campbell won the 100-metre freestyle at the Commonwealth Games selection trials at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre on Saturday night in a blistering time of 52.68 seconds, but the world champion’s night was made special by the performance of her sister Bronte, who pushed her to the limit in a race that could reveal her coming of age as a contender.
The Campbell sisters had already secured their places on the Australian team in the 50 freestyle, but Bronte Campbell’s time for the 100 of 53.02, which included a second lap that was 0.01 fast than her elder sister, showed that she was keeping the more-credentialled Cate within sight.
“This time I managed to hang on, but I’m not sure about next time,” Cate said.
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Twelve months before Grant Hackett’s life unravelled at Melbourne’s Crown casino complex on the evening of February 21, the Olympic champion knew he was coming unstuck.
Hackett’s now infamous night at the Crown, during which he was photographed by casino patrons wandering in the foyer after midnight searching for his young son while wearing only his underpants and clutching a singlet, would become the catalyst for a five-week stint in a rehabilitation clinic for sleeping pill dependency; a problem that has reared its head before, during his Olympic career.
After battling through — “white knuckling” as he calls it now — for more than a year, the retired athlete finally informed his parents Neville and Margaret in early February that he simply wasn’t coping with his bitter and drawn-out divorce from singer Candice Alley. It had taken its toll on him mentally and emotionally.
Last week, the dual Olympic gold medallist was discharged from The Meadows in Arizona — an exclusive rehab facility that specialises in 30 types of addiction, including drugs.
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It wasn’t quite revenge of the nerds in the men’s 100m freestyle final at the national swimming titles in Brisbane.
But academically gifted, socially awkward students across the country would have been forgiven for unleashing a rare triumphant air punch when 19-year-old physics fanatic Cameron McEvoy upset dual world champion James Magnussen on Friday night.
In a result sure to shock the swimming world, McEvoy (47.65 sec PB) comfortably held out Olympic silver medallist Magnussen (47.92) to clinch the 100-200 double at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games trials in Brisbane.
Remarkably, McEvoy’s 2014 best time would have pipped Magnussen for last year’s 100m world title and snapped up London Olympic bronze.
It seemed fitting that a kid who is no stranger to rocket science ensured Magnussen “the Missile” misfired.
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A dying tiger shark off Australia was nursed back to life by divers who took turns swimming with the shark for one and a half hours in an effort to keep it upright and to get oxygen into its gills. Just as the conservationists were about to give up, the shark kicked, indicating new life.
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Eamon Sullivan cringes a bit when he sees stories published about him nowadays. It is not so much because of the many injuries that have marred his career or out-of-pool controversies in which he was involved but more because of a simple word that often precedes his name.
”I keep seeing ‘veteran’ written down next to my name,” Sullivan said.
“I don’t know if I like that yet, but I am certainly feeling a veteran today, a bit sore and achy.”
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South African swimming duo Thane Williams and Jonno Proudfoot have completed a 459km swim in 24 days, their spokespeople said on Friday.
The two swam from Mozambique to Madagascar.
“This is an incredible feat and by no means ordinary,” they said in a statement.
In one day Williams and Proudfoot swam the same distance as the English Channel.
“[They swam] battling jelly fish stings, swimming with sharks and whales, and being detained by French military on a French island after some confusion.”
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The University of Georgia announced Friday that swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle was suspended from “all job-related responsibilities effective immediately” after receiving a notice of allegations of NCAA violations.
The NCAA alleged in the notice issued Wednesday that Bauerle made “special arrangements” on Dec. 10, 2013, with a professor to add men’s swimmer Chase Kalisz to a course for the fall 2013 semester. Classes for the semester already had ended and final exams were underway.
Kalisz, a sophomore from Bel Air, Md., received a passing grade on Dec. 16 “despite not completing any work for the class,” according to the NCAA letter to UGA president Jere Morehead.
The case is considered a “severe breach of conduct,” according to the NCAA notice that alleged Bauerle violated NCAA bylaws.
With temps heating up, you may have your sights set on the swimming pool. It won’t be long before your kids will be begging to cool off and splash around.
But before they do, there’s an important warning from safety experts, as our state is third in the nation in the number of drownings.
Whether at the lake or the neighborhood pool, Fun in the water too often turns deadly in our state.
“Drowing is the second leading cause of death for children 2 to 14 in Oklahoma,” said Katie Mueller, director of Safe Kids Oklahoma.
That’s why water safety education is essential.