8-Time London Gold Medalist Freney Won’t Swim Rio Paralympic Games

Due to a medical issue, Australian paralympic star Jacqueline Freney will not be competing at this summer’s 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2012 Paralympics in London, Freney set two world record and won eight gold medals, the most of of any participant in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Her name was absent from the Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships (Australian Olympic and Paralympic Trials) psych sheets, released earlier this week, and The Northern Star is reporting that her decision not to enter is due to a “medical mystery problem.”

Freney, who has cerebral palsy, has been suffering from electromagnetic sensations triggered by strenuous training, and extensive tests have not yielded any answers to the issue.

According to The Northern Star, Freney, the 2014 Young Australian of the Year, isn’t ruling out the possibility of returning to competition some day.

“It’s a little bit disappointing (not to be going to Rio)…” she told them. “If the sensations go tomorrow, I’m quite happy to get back in and train and hopefully compete… I am not in retirement phase.”

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Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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