Emily Seebohm Dealt With Food Poisoning Prior To FINA Champions Series


Australian Emily Seebohm revealed on Instagram that she had gotten food poisoning prior to the opening day of racing at the first leg of the FINA Champions Swim Series in Guangzhou, China.

The 26-year-old was noticeably not on top form, but still contested all three of her individual entries.

On day one she finished third in the 100 back (1:01.99) and fourth in the 50 back (29.40), and then on day two she placed fourth in the 200 back (2:12.73) and led off Team 4’s mixed medley relay in 1:02.00 (which was the top split in the field).

The five-time Olympic medalist will make $16,000 USD from her individual events with an additional $2,000 coming via her contribution on the third-place finishing relay (assuming they split it equally).

After foregoing Australian Nationals earlier in the month, this was her first long course competition since the Pan Pacific Championships.

Australia will have their World Championship Trials June 9-14 in Brisbane.

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Swimmer Brent

This seems to be a recurring theme with competitions in China…


Not sure how she contracted food poisoning .. trying street food maybe? Or brushing her teeth with tap water in China ?


Yes, with well over a decade of intl experience this is a rather curious occurance. She has been barely seen in competition post Pan Pacs and what few times are at hand have been pedestrian. I think we may have the truth, either way, come Selection Trials in just over a month. Maybe she and her coach have taken a new approach and this is a legit incident OR we have a case of a swimmer who is now on the decline (some of her 2018 performances (esp 200) were sub par).


Considering she also competed in China back in 2008 Beijing Olympics

Old Man Chalmers

Seebohm has also competed in numerous world cup stops in Asia. With the continued improvements of mckeown along with atherton showing that she could deliver on the promise she showed back in 2015/16, Seebohm might not qualify in the 100 over the next two years. Mckeown will most certainly beat her in the 200, so whether or not seebohm qualifies depends on Atherton’s development in this event, which so far isnt on par with her 100. while seebohm may swim this event in the next 18 months, she isnt likely to be a dominant force in this event like she was in the past.

13 % Chinese person

There are several Australian top,swimmers we have seen only pedestrian times this year eg Horton Mcevoy Packard or we have not seen them at all eg Jack Cartwright , Madeline I -forget-because- she never races, . They may be taking the year off . Maybe Emily will also & just do ISL .

More than Atherton in the 100 Bronte Jobs might be the one in 16 months.


Yes the signs are not good for McEvoy, Packard & Seebohm as the sprinters shouldn’t really have pedestrian times, I still have faith in Horton as middle distance swimmer, he may be in heavy training.


Well aseebohm already didn’t swim nationals for whatever treason .. there wasn’t even a clash in schedule since cate Campbell swam both events .. I think seebohms slide coincided with her break up with Mitch Larkin and some of the odd decisions she’s made since ..

Old Man Chalmers

could say the opposite is true for larkin. Best times in the 100 200 back since 2016 and a commonwealth record in the 200im between the breakup and the end of pan pacs. funny how that works.


I knew something was off.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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