Ian Thorpe believes that he still has what it takes to compete in the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016.

Thorpe had retired from swimming in 2006, but stated his aims to return to the sport in 2011 – although a series of setbacks have meant that he hasn’t competed at any major events since.

However, the five-time Olympic gold medalist is targeting making the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“There is no physical reason why I cannot swim in Rio, but I have to consider whether or not my body can hold up for it,” Thorpe said to NBC.

His first priority, though, will be on competing for Australia at the Commonwealth Games 2014 as he looks to make a successful return.

Thorpe will be 33 by the time Rio comes around, but has said recently that he still feels as if he is a 26-year-old because of his prolonged break from the sport.


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