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Fantastic fifth for Thorpe

02†August†2002

Ian Thorpe makes it an amazing five wins to get within two gold medals of the history books.

Ian Thorpe

The amazing Thorpe gets his fifth gold medal

Thorpe had no problems getting his fifth medal as he swam a new Games record of 48.73 in the 100m freestyle final.

So far he has made it five out of five and looks on course to get the seven he is competing for.

It's been a busy Games for Thorpe and afterwards he barely had time to comment before preparing for his next race:

ďIím tired. Iíve got the semi-final of the 100 backstroke and medal presentation in the next 10 minutes, so I just want to go and recover.Ē

Afterwards in a press conference Thorpe continued:

"Physically, my body is starting to break down a bit. Iím noticing a few ailments here and there. Thereís nothing serious, nothing major and nothing a massage from the physio canít sort out.

"Mentally Iím just as excited and just as focused. When you see performances from your team-mates, like Justin Norris gave tonight, it lifts the team, including myself. It gives you immense pride and makes you want to perform at your bestĒ

If Thorpe does manage any more medals, there can be no doubting that he has become one of the true legends in Commonwealth Games history.

Result:

1: Ian Thorpe (AUS)
2: Ashley Callus (AUS)
3: Ryk Neethling (RSA)

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