In addition to contending with pool temperatures on the warmer side of the spectrum at the Optus Aquatic Centre, which you can read about in more detail here, Olympic champion Mack Horton now has a bee sting issue heading into the Commonwealth Games.
While getting some pre-competition training done in Melbourne, the 21-year-old freestyle ace was stung by a bee, but it wound up being a bigger deal than just a bug bite.
‘I got stung by a bee the other day in training and my whole arm has blown up,’ Horton is quoted as saying in Aussie press. ‘My tricep doesn’t exist anymore, my elbow doesn’t exist anymore.
‘I put my arm up on the edge (of the pool) … and it’s gone bang! I assume (I’m allergic to bees) now. I haven’t been tested but this pretty much says ‘yes’,’ Horton said.
Sporting a protective sleeve upon his arrival at the Aussies’ training camp in Gold Coast, Horton is now on the vigilant lookout for any flying friends buzzing around camp.
‘Because I don’t have my glasses on (while training) I’m really cautious now and looking out everywhere just in case.’
Horton is set to compete in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle individual events at the Commonwealth Games.