Justin Ress Says “Overheating” Led to Medical Event After 100 Back


  • July 4th-9th, 2019
  • Napoli, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Stream: Olympic Channel (in US), Rai Sport (in Italy)
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American swimmer Justin Ress was briefly taken to an ambulance for medical evaluation and treatment earlier this, but he says that he’s fine and ready to race again (in the medley relay) for the Americans.

Ress blamed his post-race medical event on overheating.

“After the 100 back on Friday at finals, I just, like every race, pushed myself as hard as I could, and it was just really hot that night,” Ress said. “The call rooms were too warm, for sure. But, that’s something I should have taken more precautions for, and just calmed down and realized that it’s ok to be sweating before the race. But, that’s what affected me after, I just got over heated.

In spite of being overheated, Ress still took bronze in the 100 backstroke in 53.81 (short of a best time) and 2 days later tied with Zane Waddell for gold in the 50 backstroke.

“It’s fun to win,” Ress said after his first big international gold medal. “I think I could’ve done better, especially in that race on my finish. But yeah, it’s fun to win.”


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Too bad the swimswam drs werent on the case…he wouldve been cardioverted and in the cath lab immediately. Glad to hear not too serious.


I would take it seriously if an athlete collapsed and needed services of an ambulance to be stabilized from “overheating”

Distant onlooker

Was it actually said that he collapsed? Or did he just crawl out of the pool and lay down before someone decided he needed medical attention?


This dude always got some excuse

WV Swammer

How many international medals have you won then?


don’t need international medals to comment, although I disagree with what he said completely

WV Swammer

Just easy to say someone’s making excuses when you’re behind a keyboard is what I mean


The question is if it was a legit excuse or not. I would say this falls under the legit category IN MY OPINION.


EMS determined that despite having high heart rate he had low blood pressure. He can’t fake that or make that up.


Sounds like a wee bit too much pre-workout perhaps?


Four scoops instead of three

Distant onlooker

If you knew him, you wouldn’t be assuming that


He had low blood pressure. Pre workout supplements cause high blood pressure

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