4 Feb 2014

Ian Thorpe admitted to rehab for depression

5:24 am on 4 February 2014

The Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has been admitted to rehab after suffering from depression.

Sydney Police were called after Thorpe was found disoriented and behaving oddly near a vehicle and the 31-year-old was later taken to Bankstown hospital.

Thorpe's manager James Erskine says he's in rehab for depression.

The five-times Olympic champion, who made his Games debut as a teenager in Sydney in 2000, retired in 2006 citing waning motivation and made a comeback early in 2011 but failed to make the Australian team for London.

Erskine said Thorpe was taking anti-depressants and medication for a shoulder injury but was not under the influence of alcohol.