2016 AUSTRALIAN SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Brisbane, Queensland
- Thursday, November 3rd – Saturday, November 5th
- Prelims 10am local (8pm Eastern night before)/Finals 6pm local (4am Eastern)
- Meet Preview
- Start Lists
- Live Results
After scoring a 5th seeded time of 47.91 in this morning’s heats of the men’s 100m freestyle in Brisbane, all eyes were on 100 LCM freestyle Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers to see what he’d throw down in the SCM final. But, the 18-year-old was forced to withdraw from the sprint freestyle event unexpectedly due to a sudden attack of Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT).
The swimming community is no stranger to SVT, seeing how Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni (USA) also suffered from the condition. The American would complain of a rapid heartbeat, sometimes clocked at 300 beats per minute. In 2006, the legendary breaststroker underwent a procedure called cardiac ablation to fix the issue. Doctors inserted electrical energy through a catheter to eliminate extraneous tissue in her heart that had been the root of the problem.
Chalmers was diagnosed with SVT before the 2016 Olympic Games and tonight withdrew from racing after having complained to coach Peter Bishop about a rapidly increasing heart rate. Swimming Australian Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren confirmed that, although Chalmers didn’t compete in the 100, the double World Junior Champion can indeed race the 200m freestyle slated for tomorrow.
“It is a condition that we have always been aware of and also of treatment that he has undergone,” said Verhaeren.
“It is something we knew about in the lead up to the Olympics and obviously we are guided by the doctors.
“It is something that is not a major heart condition but when it comes his heart rate escalates quickly.
“We will see how he is tomorrow and he may be able to race, we will have to wait and see.”
Naturally Chalmers was ‘devastated’ at not having the opportunity to challenge countrymate Cameron McEvoy for the 100m freestyle title. McEvoy would end up winning the event in a personal best and new All Comers Record time of 46.19.