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  • 3 February 2014, 13:33

Ian Thorpe 'Taken To Rehab For Depression'

Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe is reportedly in rehab after he was found "dazed and disorientated".

The five-times gold medallist, known as the Thorpedo, was taken to hospital after a boy called police to say a man was attempting to break into his family's van in Sydney, Australia, according to Channel Nine.

It comes a week after his management denied reports he had gone into rehab for depression and alcohol abuse, claiming he was in hospital for an operation.

Channel Nine reported Thorpe appeared intoxicated when police arrived, although it later said he was on painkillers and antidepressants for a shoulder injury.

A police spokesman confirmed a man was taken to hospital but did not name Thorpe.

"No official complaint has been made and no further police action is anticipated," he added.

In his autobiography, Thorpe said he had spent much of his life battling "crippling depression".

The 31-year-old is one of Australia's most successful athletes ever, claiming 11 world championship gold medals in addition to his Olympic haul.

After standing on the podium at three successive Games, he quit swimming in 2006 before making an unsuccessful attempt at a comeback for London 2012.

Sky News contacted Thorpe's management company, Sports and Entertainment Limited, but no one was available to speak about the sportsman's condition.

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