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InDaily : December 8th 2011
THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2011 PARTNERS AUSTRALIAN swimming star Stephanie Rice is reportedly set to retire after the 2012 London Olympics. The 23-year-old has told News Limited she doesn’t think she can sustain the commitment required to remain at her peak for another four years. Rice said she’s interested in exploring different career options but wouldn’t shut the door completely on a comeback at some stage in the future. The triple Olympic gold medallist said she is as fit as she was when she achieved success at the 2008 Beijing Games and is focused on exiting the sport on a high. “I will be 24 (for the London games) and time to move on and make some new changes I think,” Rice said. “I just know within myself I wouldn’t be able to give that effort for another four years and I don’t really see the point in swimming through to (retire at) a non- Olympic event, because the Olympics is the pinnacle. “I’ve got back down to my racing weight and my skinfolds in Beijing which I’m happy about because I haven’t been there for four years. “I’m just making sure I dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s now so I don’t have regrets later on. “I really wouldn’t want to say I’ve quit or will quit after this because you never know what will happen in time, but I don’t see myself swimming for another four years. “Swimming requires so much commitment and dedication and I know if ... Read more SPORTS BRIEFS LAINE CLARK: AAP THE injury cloud hanging over Australia’s bowlers only seems to be getting bigger, but at least former skipper Ricky Ponting can see a silver lining. Reeling from the news that Pat Cummins looks set to miss the entire four-Test series against India this summer, Australia received word that allrounder Shane Watson had appeared to suffer a setback in his recovery from a hamstring complaint. And Mitchell Johnson is facing up to 12 months on the sidelines after his manager reportedly ruled him out of next year’s Caribbean tour after the left- arm quick was released from hospital following toe surgery on Tuesday. Yet Ponting gained some solace from the confidence Australia’s once maligned bowling stocks now had the depth to cover his loss. Cummins, 18, has not played since first being diagnosed with heel bruising after his man-of-the-match performance on Test debut against... Read more SPORT Redbacks highlight own weakness THE Redbacks rearguard actions to save face served only to highlight their failure on day one of the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia in Perth. Having been sliced and diced for 93 in the first innings, a repeat looked likely when they slumped to 2/11 in the second innings. Then, just as WA’s bats had shown, South Australians Callum Ferguson and Michael Klinger demonstrated there was little to fear in the pitch by forging an unbeaten 195 run partnership. Read more An Olympic finish line for Rice We can cover Cummins, says Ponting Cummins enjoys taking a wicket Craig’s China deal MELBOURNE Football Club’s sports performance boss Neil Craig wants a Chinese take- away. Craig yesterday presented Melbourne’s board with proposals to use China’s high altitude Kunming Sports Training Centre - home to the Chinese swimming team - as a three-to-five-year agreement for a pre-season training camp. Fevola’s chances fade BRENDAN Fevola has all but given up hope of playing at an AFL club next year. Fevola, who played for VFL side Casey Scorpions and Waratah Warriors in the Northern Territory during his year in AFL exile, told SEN radio he was ready to be overlooked in Tuesday’s pre- season and... Read more NSW import Joe Mennie put SA back in the game Rice with her bronze in the World Championships in Shanghai last July SPONSOR OF THE DAY INSIDE TODAY Any insider information? HOME PAGE NEWS NATION | WORLD BUSINESS SPORT VIEWS REVIEWS ISPY PROPERTY WEATHER
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