Hungary’s Péter Bernek, who represents the London Roar in the International Swimming League but is absent from the finale roster, announced Friday he underwent surgery and is in the hospital.
Bernek wrote that he underwent a “mucotomy.”
“I’m going through a difficult time, I hope I can start training soon and find myself back,” he wrote, translated from Hungarian.
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Igaz most a csapatom @isl_londonroar Las Vegasban készül a döntőre, én sajnos a kórházból szurkolok nekik! Túlvagyok Fess és Mucotomia műtéten, és bízom benne, hogy végre teljesen egészségesen tudok nekivágni az olimpiai felkészülésemnek! Nehéz időszakon vagyok túl, bízom benne, hogy mielőbb elkezdhetek edzeni, és visszatalálok önmagamhoz!
Bernek, 27, competed last weekend at the 2019 Hungarian Short Course Championships, as well as the week prior at the 2019 European Short Course Championships. He also swam at the European Derby earlier in the ISL season. There, he finished sixth in the 200 back (1:53.95) and seventh in the 400 free (3:45.53).
Bernek made his Olympic debut in 2012 and was part of Hungary’s eighth-place 4×200 free relay. More recently on the world stage, he finished eighth in the 200 back at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
The London Roar sits in third place by just 3.5 points heading into day two in Las Vegas and had two entrants in the 200 back Friday. Christian Diener placed fifth in 1:53.62, and Finlay Knox placed eighth in 2:02.07 (he was the only swimmer to not break two minutes)