Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers Out Of Worlds Over Concerns For His Heart

Kyle Chalmers, time to reflect and find the best pathway for his health - by Delly Carr / Swimming Australia Ltd

In another case of athlete safety and welfare over results in the water, Kyle Chalmers, the Australian who last year in Rio claimed Olympic gold in the 100m freestyle, has withdrawn from the World Championships in Budapest this July over concerns for his long-term health. he is to have surgery required for his long-term health.

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In all honesty, the only sensible decision to make in these circumstances. One’s health, and indeed one’s life, are far more important than a sporting career however distinguished it may be.

If the reports are accurate, it would appear that the procedure will be a catheter ablation which essentially removes/terminates the faulty electrical pathway which has been causing the arrythmia. What is a slight concern is that there had already been a previous procedure carried out in the past which does not seem to have been (fully) effective.

One can only wish him all the best. If he returns to top level swimming and his previous levels of performance, all the better but ultimately, lets just see him healthy again and without this shadow hanging over him.

Craig Lord

quite so, cw

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