London – Ian Thorpe has come to grips with his failure to qualify for the Olympics in his comeback from retirement.

The Australian great is still at the games working for British TV and representing his sponsor, and had quite a candid take Thursday on his performance at the Australian trials four months earlier.

“Frankly I didn't perform well enough to make the team,” the five-time Olympic champion said. “I missed out because people were swimming faster than me. I would have loved to be racing, but I'm here in a different capacity. “

Thorpe reiterated that he will continue swimming after the games. Also, he labeled Australian sprinter James Magnussen “the most impressive swimmer I've seen over the last decade that's new to the sport.” – Sapa-AP