Thorpe’s sights firmly on 2012

SWIMMING: Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe claims his return to the sport, confirmed yesterday, was inspired by a visit to the London venue which will stage the 2012 Olympic competition. The 28-year-old, who is returning to the sport after a five-year absence, said: “I saw the swimming venue for the London Olympics and it’s extraordinary and I could taste it. I’ve not felt that for a very long time.”