Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has finished seventh in the 100m individual medley final on his return to competitive action in Singapore.
Thorpe, who quit the sport several years ago, is bidding to swim at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 29-year-old Australian clocked a time of 56.33 seconds at the World Cup meeting.
He will also race in the 100m butterfly on Saturday, before heading to meets in Beijing and Tokyo.
“People want to see me do well and see me do well quickly. I prefer to do that, I prefer not to wait,” said Thorpe.
“I haven’t swum for a long time. I have to take stock of where I was 12 months ago to where I am now. I’m in a final and competing reasonably well. I’m happy.
“Hopefully with a little more time we can have some good performances.”
It will be interesting to see whether the Australian will be able to reach the heights he once scaled.