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Ian Thorpe fails to qualify

Updated: March 17, 2012, 11:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Ian Thorpe knew the instant he'd finished his 100-meter freestyle heat that he wouldn't be competing at the London Olympics. He lingered in the outside lane until the swimmers in the next race had started, staring at his time on the scoreboard before slowly dragging himself out of the pool.

If he was shocked and "gutted" by his failure to reach the 200-meter freestyle final, failing to progress from the heats in the 100 on Sunday morning hit harder.

But he was ...

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