Nobody's Perfect

There are certain things Australians take for granted when they turn their minds to sport: footballers behave badly on trips, cricketers say harsh things on the field to their opponents and Ian Thorpe wins every time he hits the water in a race. But last Saturday the nation was reminded that the 21-year-old swimmer is, after all, only human. In a 400-m freestyle heat at Australia's Olympic trials in Sydney, the world-record holder and Olympic champion tumbled into the pool before the starter's signal - and was disqualified for a false start. Swimming has had a "one-start" rule since...

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