Anchoring the team of Klim, Hackett and Kirby, the Australians lowered their world record time by more than two seconds, leaving the Italians more than six seconds in arrears.
It was also the first time since the Summer Olympics that Australia had topped the medal tally at a global meet.
Thorpe began competition in at the Australian Championships in Brisbane in March, which were used to select the team for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
After his record six gold medals in Fukuoka, the meet was surrounded by further expectations of world records and speculation that he would match Spitz 's seven gold medals.
By this time, Thorpe's relationship with Frost was beginning to unravel. Thorpe had always insisted that his swimming was about enjoyment and improving himself in setting faster times, rather than victory or defeat.
This contrasted with Frost, who had a more aggressive and combative mindset, often making bold public statements. Thorpe won, but was unusually angry at having failed to lower his previous best, publicly stating that he "wasn't with it" and that he had "one of the worst warm-ups ever".
He emphasised personal performance, stating "I think it's a limiting attitude to be competing against other people when you can be challenging yourself".
The Pan Pacific Championships followed in Yokohama less than a month later, with media speculation about Thorpe and Frost overshadowing the racing.
After the Pan Pacific Championships, Thorpe announced that he was splitting with Frost to train with one of his assistants, Tracey Menzies , who had no prior international experience.
Admitting that tension existed between him and Frost, Thorpe asserted that the split was amicable.
He cited waning motivation for the split, stating "I decided I either had to make the change or it was to walk away from the sport".
Along with the switch of coaches, Thorpe indicated that he would put more focus on improving his sprinting ability.
The criticism continued to mount during their partnership, particularly during the build-up to the Olympics. Following his victory in the and events in Athens, Thorpe said that his results justified his decision, despite posting substantially faster times as a young swimmer under Frost.
The first major test of Thorpe's partnership with Menzies came at the Australian Championships held in Sydney in March.
Despite defeating Hackett in both races to retain his titles,  he later admitted that he was "pretty disappointed" with his performances.
Thorpe arrived for the World Championships in Barcelona for his first major international competition since Menzies' appointment under heavy media scrutiny following his non-improvement at the Australian Championships.
He was again named as Australian Swimmer of the Year, jointly with Hackett. With the press spotlight growing, Thorpe tried to avoid media attention, resulting in a few terse media events.
He was closed down by Hackett, holding on by only 0. Thorpe appeared to shed tears in an uncharacteristic sign of emotion, admitting that the controversy surrounding the event had taken a toll on him, but denying that any liquid had left his eyes.
Thorpe gradually reduced the margin but was unable to pass Keller in the last lap, the United States touching 0. He was unmoved by national coach Alan Thompson , who implored him to continue swimming the event.
He expressed disappointment with his performances; he speculated that he may have misjudged his new training schedule and anticipated further improvement.
Soon after, Thorpe announced his withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games due to a bout of bronchitis , which had stopped him from training.
Further disruption followed when the Australian switched coaches, citing excessive and ongoing media attention.
Upon his return to Australia, Thorpe withdrew from the selection trials for the World Championships and announced his retirement on 21 November He was close to tears when thanking the Australian public, but declared that his retirement was a "joyous" occasion of celebration.
On 1 February , Ian Thorpe announced that he would try to qualify for the Olympics in London. He swam very well in the morning heats, cruising to 1: However, in the semi-finals that evening he faded over the last meters, finishing in 12th place at 1: Speaking to reporters immediately afterwards, Thorpe said, "The last was a struggle, I'm not sure why.
This was slower than what I swam this morning, probably the inexperience of racing in the last 18 months held me up.
The fairytale has turned into a nightmare. Thus, his bid to qualify for the London Olympics officially ended. I wanted to start racing again, I wanted to be competitive again and I wanted to go to the Olympics.
I still want to do all of those things. I've missed out on what was a huge goal for me to accomplish in this short period of time, but still the desire I had previous to this, it's still there.
Thorpe's success has been attributed to his work ethic, mental strength, powerful kick, ability to accelerate and a physiology suited to swimming.
This led former Australian head coach Don Talbot to label him as "the greatest swimmer the world has seen". He also cited Thorpe's ability to manage his workload and his day-to-day recovery between races during a meet as a deficiency.
Following his retirement, head coach of the US men's swimming team Bob Bowman —who also mentors Michael Phelps —called Thorpe "the greatest middle-distance swimmer of all time and Aside from his swimming achievements, Thorpe has received numerous honours and accolades during his life.
Thorpe will present a two-part television documentary called Bullied on ABC Television , using hidden-camera footage to give a victim's-eye-view of bullying, It is scheduled to begin airing 14 March In a July televised interview with British talk show host Michael Parkinson Thorpe came out as gay, after years of denying his homosexuality publicly.
And I don't want people to feel the same way I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay.
In the lead up to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey , Thorpe campaigned for a 'yes' vote, encouraging people to enroll to vote at the City2Surf.
Thorpe is known for his interests in fashion, and serves as an ambassador for Armani ,   and has his own line of designer jewellery and underwear.
Despite competing in a sport in which the vast majority of international athletes' earnings are below the poverty line,  marketing surveys consistently ranked Thorpe as the most sought-after Australian athlete for sponsorship deals, surpassing footballers who compete on a weekly basis in much larger stadia.
Thorpe's interests in fashion and culture led him to make frequent visits to New York City—which he describes as a second home—often for engagements with Armani and particularly because of the city's status as a global fashion capital.
In , he played the lead role in the reality television show Undercover Angels , which imitated the Charlie's Angels series. In the program, Thorpe directed three young women who performed good deeds for people in need.
Thorpe is widely popular in Asia, particularly Japan. In , TV Asahi identified him as the swimmer likely to be the most successful at the World Championships in Fukuoka, so they selected him as the event's marketing figurehead.
The marketing drive resulted in an upturn in Japanese tourism to Australia, which was credited to Thorpe. More recently, Thorpe has also emerged as a philanthropist, starting the charity Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth in In , it was confirmed that Thorpe had been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic after neighbours found him dazed near his parents' Panania home.
Thorpe was taken to Bankstown Hospital by police before being admitted to a rehabilitation clinic. In his autobiography This is Me , Thorpe stated he had considered suicide and had drunk 'huge quantities' of alcohol to deal with 'crippling depression'.
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