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Hackett driven on by Thorpe

20 July 2002

Australian swimming megastars Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe are set for a battle royal in the pool.

Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett wants to dominate the Manchester pool

Australia's Grant Hackett says Ian Thorpe's presence is all the motivation he requires to become one of the stars in the pool at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Hackett is considered peerless in the 1500 metres freestyle event, where he holds a six-year winning streak.

But Thorpe will be considered favourite when the two go head to head over the 200m and 400m courses.

"There's a little guy out there called Ian Thorpe who keeps me pretty motivated in the 200 and 400m freestyle," said Hackett.

But over the 1500m course Hackett believes that his own world record may be lowered once more.

"It's whether it comes together on the day and everything falls into place."

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