World record-holder Cate Campbell swam through a hernia at the Rio Olympics and will require surgery when she returns to Australia, according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Per News Corp, Campbell developed the hernia 3 months ago, but was not able to have the surgery before Rio for fear it would disrupt her training and preparation.
The report also says Campbell “is refusing to blame it [the hernia] for her Rio results.” Campbell broke the 100 free world record just a month out of the Olympics (which would also be two months after she developed the hernia, based on the Sydney Morning Herald report), but missed the medals entirely in Rio.
She was 5th in the 50 free and 6th in the 100 in Rio, though she did win gold with the world’s fastest split as part of the 4×100 free relay, which broke the world record.
The Sydney Morning Herald says Campbell will have surgery in October, after taking a post-Olympics holiday. That will be her second such surgery in the past year.
That’s just one health wrinkle involved with Australia’s return from Rio. Backstroker Madison Wilson and freestyler Bronte Barratt are both expected to miss their flights home after being booked into a local hospital. Wilson is suffering from abdominal pains that might be connected to appendicitis and Barratt has contracted pneumonia after a chilly, rainy closing ceremony.