Michael Klim is the latest swimmer to come out of retirement in an attempt to book a spot in Australia’s team for next year’s London Olympics.
The 33-year-old confirmed his comeback in Melbourne today. His return will give the Australian swimming team a a back to the future look after superstar Ian Thorpe's recent confirmation he is targeting a comeback at the London Olympics and former butterfly world record holder Geoff Huegill's supreme effort in shedding 40kg to compete at last year's Commonwealth Games.
Klim retired after the 2007 world titles in Melbourne, with his performances preceding that hampered by chronic shoulder pain.
He at one stage held the world record in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly and won gold for Australia at the 2000 Olympics in the 4x100m freestyle relay along with Thorpe, Ashley Callus and Chris Fydler.
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