Chalmers to go for surgery

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE: Olympic 100 me­tres freestyle cham­pion Kyle Chalmers has pulled out of the world cham­pi­onships in Hun­gary to have surgery for a heart con­di­tion, Swim­ming Aus­tralia (SA) said yes­ter­day.

The 18-year-old, who stunned the world with his gold medal at the Rio Games, suf­fers from supraven­tric­u­lar tachy­car­dia, a con­di­tion which can cause an ab­nor­mally fast heart beat and pal­pi­ta­tions, and forced him to miss the 100m fi­nal at the Aus­tralian short course cham­pi­onships in Novem­ber.

“The de­ci­sion was not made lightly and in­volved care­ful con­sul­ta­tion with Chalmers’ doc­tor, his coach Peter Bishop and Aus­tralian Dol­phins Swim Team Head Coach, Jacco Ver­haeren,” SA said in a state­ment.

“We de­cided it was in Kyle’s best long term in­ter­est to get the surgery done sooner rather than later,” his coach Bishop said.

“This will en­able Kyle a good re­cov­ery pe­riod, be­fore pre­par­ing for a home Com­mon­wealth Games in 2018.”

Chalmers would have surgery in com­ing weeks and a de­ci­sion on his re­place­ment would be made in­ter­nally, SA said.

Chalmers’ with­drawal comes a month af­ter com­pa­triot and twice 100m freestyle cham­pion James Mag­nussen said he would skip the July 14-30 cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest to fo­cus on pre­par­ing for next year’s home Com­mon­wealth Games at the Gold Coast. Reuters

Kyle Chalmers is suf­fer­ing from a con­di­tion which can cause an ab­nor­mally fast heart beat and pal­pi­ta­tions.

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