Two-time World Champ and Olympic gold medalist Daniel Gyurta will not compete in his signature event, the 200 breast, at this year’s European Championships, according to his coach.
SwimVortex reports that head Hungarian coach Laszlo Kiss broke the news at Hungarian Nationals over the weekend, saying “Now the focus is on the short-course World Championships in December, for Berlin [Gyurta] will prepare for the 50m and 100m solo and relays.”
Kiss cited “a couple of minor problems in… preparations,” saying he and Gyurta agreed it would be best for the former World Record-holder to skip the 200 at next month’s European Championships in Berlin.
This doesn’t appear to be a permanent lineup change, though, as Kiss said he expects Gyurta to arrive at next summer’s World’s and the 2016 Olympic Games the following year with “renewed hunger” after the time away from the 200 breast.
Gyurta’s absence means Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson is now the clear-cut front-runner. Jamieson leads the 2014 world ranks with a 2:07.76, almost a second ahead of Germany’s Marco Koch.