Though he is swimming through this meet, he finaled, his turns looked magnificent and it was great to see him race.
Swimming World should be more measured when qualifying a great as they did using the hyperbolic adjective, "Fizzled," to describe his 7th place result in a final. We never see such adjectives when Phelps bombs a race but we do get to hear his excuses.
Here is a guy who has gone for zero to a FINA final in less than a year place three seconds behind the world record holder in the event, Chad le Clos! Libby Tricket placed 5th in her return to swimming, Did she "fizzle" too? What outrageous rhetoric!
SKY News has a much more measured response to his race than Swimming World. Has quotes too:
Thorpe, returning to competitive racing for the first time in five years, took plenty of positives from his result in the 100m individual medley final on Friday night, saying it was a great starting point in his return.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist improved on his heat swim to clock 56.33 seconds in the final, and was particularly pleased with the butterfly and backstroke legs of the swim.
And the 29-year-old was far from pleading for patience after the performance, saying he hoped and expected to improve quickly as he aims to win a spot on Australia's team for next year's London games.
'I don't expect patience.. you know, people want to see me do well and see me do well quickly ... I'd prefer to do that and I'd prefer not to wait,' Thorpe said.
'It is what it is... I haven't swum for a long time and I've got to take stock of where I was 12 months ago to where i am now.
'I'm in a final, swimming, reasonably well.. I'm happy and I've made improvement.'
More to come...