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Ian Thorpe seventh after 5-year hiatus

Updated: November 4, 2011, 8:53 AM ET
Associated Press

SINGAPORE -- Former Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe placed seventh in the 100-meter individual medley final at a World Cup event in Singapore on Friday in his first competitive race in five years.

The Australian finished in a time of 56.33 seconds -- which was better than his heat time of 56.74 seconds -- but well behind winner Chad Le Clos of South Africa, who swam the race in 53.06 seconds.

The 29-year-old Thorpe retired in 2006 after winning five Olympic gold medals and 11 ...

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