Jordan Wilimovsky confirmed to us today he will not compete at the US World Championship Trials at the end of the month, opting to focus on open water at the World Championships.
Wilimovsky was expected to run away from the field in the men’s 1500 this year, especially with the absence of Connor Jaeger and Michael McBroom. His best of 14:45.03, done at the Olympics last summer when he finished 4th, is nearly 20 seconds clear of the next fastest active American. However, after doing both pool and open water in Rio, he has decided to take a step back from the pool for the year.
On his decision:
I’m not planning on going to world champs trials this summer. It’s the first year of the quad and the meet is right after Northwestern graduation, so I just decided to do open water this summer. I’m going to try and focus on both the 1500 and 10k though and hopefully swim both next year.
Two years ago in Kazan, when Wilimovsky was solely focusing on open water, he took the gold medal in the men’s 10K. Last summer, shortly after competing in the pool, he took 5th in a very close race.
With Wilimovsky out, we’ve had to adjust our picks in the men’s distance events. Initially we had him 1st in the mile and 3rd in the 800, but with this change True Sweetser is now our pick for the second Worlds spot in the 1500, along with Robert Finke. Check out our updates picks in the 1500 and 800.