Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett questioned over mid-air incident

Sydney: Olympic swimming great Grant Hackett has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons again, after he was reportedly questioned by Australian police over a mid-air incident yesterday.

Grant Hackett
Grant Hackett

Dual Olympic champion Hackett, 35, missed out on the chance to compete in Rio this year when he failed to qualify for the 200 metres freestyle final at the recent Australian Swimming Championships.

Numerous Australian media reported that the four-time world champion was returning from Adelaide where the competition was held when the incident on a Virgin Australia flight took place. The airline confirmed an incident on a Adelaide-Melbourne flight took place Sunday morning but did not name Hackett, citing privacy reasons.

"There's allegations from people on board the flight that Hackett assaulted the man in front of him." Hackett's life spiralled after he previously retired from top-level swimming in 2008, undergoing rehab in 2014 after seeking help for an addiction to sleeping pills.

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