Swimming: Thorpe Calls for Tests after Triple Triumph

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Swimming: Thorpe Calls for Tests after Triple Triumph


Australia's world record holder Ian Thorpe rounded off his first visit to Great Britain with a brilliantly controlled winning swim in the 200 metres freestyle - then called for blood tests to rid the sport of drug taking.

The latest triumph by the 17-year-old wonderkid from Sydney completed a hat-trick of wins in the two-day world cup meet in Sheffield.

His winning time of 1 minute 44.82 seconds proved one and a quarter seconds too good for American Chad Carvin. His other two wins came in the 400m and 100m freestyle.

"I've never taken drugs and I won't take drugs because it's purely cheating. It just brings out once again the need for blood-testing in international competition, in swimming especially, to prove the innocent to be innocent," Thorpe said.

Great Britain's James Hickman also enjoyed a great day by celebrating his 24th birthday with a blistering win in the 100m butterfly.

The City of Leeds star came home in a time of 51.68secs, almost two seconds quicker than Germany's Christian Keller, and he only missed his European record by 0. …

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