France: the Nice charges of coach Fabrice Pellerin, Yannick Agnel and Camille Muffat, raced at the weekend for the first time since their phenomenal show at the London 2012 Olympic Games. At the Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire) meet, Agnel, Olympic 200m free and 4x100m free champion, clocked 47.53 over 100m freestyle and 1:59.84 over 200m medley, while Muffat, Olympic 400m free champion, clocked 52.96 in the 100m free and 58.39 in the 100m 'fly. "I didn't think I'd swim so fast," said Muffat. There is much excitement in a few French papers today about times that point to Agnel being faster over 100m free than he was for fourth at London 2012. They missed a salient fact: the Puy-en-Velay meet, the first held, was swum short-course. Muffat and Agnel now head to the Berlin round of the world cup next weekend.
Australia: five-times Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe suffered from severe depression and contemplated suicide, he reveals in his autobiography "This is Me…". To cope with extreme mood swings, he often consumed large amounts of alcohol, the former 200m and 400m world record holder tells readers.