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Thorpe Impressed by London 2012 Aquatics Center
LONDON (AP) -- Five-time Olympic swim champion Ian Thorpe says the London 2012 Aquatics Center looks even better than it did on the drawing board.

The Australian visited London's Olympic Park for the first time on Thursday, and said the nearly completed Aquatics Center was arguably more impressive than the one in Sydney in which he won three gold medals at the 2000 Games.

Thorpe, who is retired, says the sweeping roof of the Aquatics Center and the scale of the development in east London makes it ``quite extraordinary.''

The 17,500 seat arena will be scaled down to a 3,000-capacity venue after the 2012 Games. It will contain two 50-meter pools with moveable floors, a diving pool and a dry land diving training area.

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