Harsh reality for Thorpe

Updated: March 18, 2012

Ian Thorpe’s Olympic ambitions ended in ignominy when he crashed out of the morning preliminaries of the 100 metres freestyle at Australia’s national swimming trials in Adelaide.

Thorpe, who also failed to secure a 200 freestyle berth earlier in the trials, was 21st fastest behind pace-setter James Magnussen, leaving him outside the top 16 that will contest the semifinals