Thorpe, Trickett set to return to competition



SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Thorpe and Libby Trickett, two of Australia’s top swimmers of the past decade, will return to international competition at three World Cup meets in Asia in November to prepare for next year’s London Olympics.

Swimming Australia said Friday that seven-time Olympic gold medalist Thorpe, who returned to the pool in February after a 412-year retirement, and Trickett, who hasn’t competed since the world championships in August 2009, would be part of the Australian team at the meets in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo.

Thorpe will join the Australian team from his training base in Tenero, Switzerland.