Kyle Chalmers (AUS) withdraws from Budapest 2017 World Championships

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Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers has made the decision to withdraw from the 2017 FINA World Championships team and will by-pass Budapest to focus on his long-term swimming career.

The break will enable Chalmers and his medical team to further explore his heart condition, known as Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), without the added responsibility of having to be in peak form and ready to compete for Australia in July. […]

“I have been swimming with an ongoing heart condition known as Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) and have increasingly begun to suffer from an abnormally fast heart rhythm during training and competitions, which now requires surgery. I have had a surgery in the past, and unfortunately, it did not work. Whilst the timing for this follow up is not ideal, the symptoms have reached a point where I must act to ensure I am in peak physical condition for next year’s Commonwealth Games trials and hopefully the Commonwealth Games.”

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