Thorpe fails in bid to qualify for London 2012

JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer Published:

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Ian Thorpe has failed in his bid to qualify for the London Olympics on his comeback from retirement.

The five-time Olympic champion didn't make it through the heats in the 100-meter freestyle on Sunday morning at the Australian selection trials.

His time of 50.35 seconds ranked 21st, with only the top 16 advancing to the semifinals. World champion James Magnussen led the qualifiers in 48.26.

Thorpe, 29, failed earlier in the program to reach the final of the 200 freestyle, which was considered his best chance of qualifying for London. Thorpe quit competitive swimming in 2006, as the reigning 200 and 400 Olympic champion, and returned to competition late last year.