Sydney: Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has left a Sydney hospital after battling serious infections for more than three weeks following shoulder surgery, his manager said Wednesday.
At one point there were reports that the 31-year-old five-time Olympic gold medallist would lose the use of his left arm, although they proved unfounded.
"It looks as though the infections have cleared up. It can always re-infect as it's done twice before but we are hopeful," his manager James Erskine told Australian Associated Press in confirming he was out of hospital.
Thorpe had broken his shoulder in a fall in Australia some months ago and Erskine said previously the swimmer known as "Thorpedo" would not be resuming his career in the pool.