Ian Thorpe will compete with VDH at Dutch Open Swim Cup
Ian Thorpe will enter the Dutch Open Swim Cup in Eindhoven (March 25th-27th). The Olympic Champion of Sydney and Athens will be in Europe in March for promotional activities and a meet with VDH in Eindhoven will fit in his schedule.
As announced earlier, Thorpe will take a sabbatical this season and won’t enter any major tournaments, like the Australian Championships and the World Championships. He still trains, although not as intensively as usual, and he can’t resist to race against VDH.
The organization of the Dutch Open Swim Cup is proud to have Thorpe at the meet. Cees Rein van den Hoogenband (VDH’s father and board member): "Ian Thorpe is a fantastic swimmer and a great crowd pleaser. We are thrilled he accepted our invitation. Especially because there will be more great champions who will be competing at this meet!"
Gary Hall has also confirmed. The American won 2 gold Olympic medals at the 50m freestyle event. This event will be really spectacular at the Swim Cup, as Mark Foster and Michael Klim will also join the field.