Thorpe Could Sweep 100, 200, 400m in Athens, Says Frost

BRISBANE, May 9. AUSTRALIA's triple world record holder, Ian Thorpe, will be a much better swimmer at the 2004 Athens Olympics, his coach Doug Frost said today.

Frost, 57, who was voted by the World Swimming Coaches Association as international swimming's top coach of the past four years, said Thorpe could improve on his one individual gold medal at last year's Sydney Games, which was in the 400 meter freestyle. He also won relay gold in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200m freestyle relays.

Thorpe, 18, won silver behind Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband in the 200 meter freestyle. In March, he regained his world record in the 200m freestyle from van den Hoogenband and smashed Kieren Perkins' world record in the 800 meters.

"Coming into the next Olympics, I think we're going to see a much different Ian Thorpe and certainly, I know that I'll be a lot better for the experience of the 2000 Olympics," Frost told the Australian newspaper, The Age.

"I really don't want to set standards here that he's got to try to achieve but I believe the 100, 200 and 400 could be his if he really puts his mind to it in this period through the next Olympics."


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