Kyle Chalmers Out Of Short Course World Championships Due To Shoulder

While the nation of Australia opted out of sending an official team to the FINA Short Course World Championships taking place in just about a week, Kyle Chalmers and Holly Barratt were set to still travel and represent the green and gold in Abu Dhabi.

However, as revealed to FINA journalist Nick Hope today on social media, now Chalmers has withdrawn from the competition, citing shoulder issues.

“For me, my whole short course has been based around performing at World Short Course but my shoulder has unfortunately gone on me.”

The 23-year-old who is now back in Australia continued, “I may potentially have surgery in the next couple of weeks to have a cleanout.”

He acknowledges the heavy racing schedule that comprises 2022 with both Long and Short Course World Championships as well as Commonwealth Games and wants to be in the best position possible for those racing opportunities.

“I’m devastated by the news, I’ve been swimming well and was looking forward to turning it on in Abu Dhabi but it’s going to have to wait another year.”

Chalmers broke the longstanding short course meters 100 freestyle World Record while competing in the FINA World Cup this season, producing an eye-popping 44.84.

It’s important to note that Chalmers has had a series of heart surgeries since earning 100m free Olympic gold at the 2016 Games in Rio, all addressing his Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT). He also underwent left shoulder surgery in November 2020 before taking Olympic silver in the same event in Tokyo this summer, though the shoulder to which he is referring now is his right shoulder.

“I’m hungrier than ever to get the gold in Paris 2024,” says Chalmers, as motivation to address this shoulder issue now.

Chalmers also describes the battle between him and American Caeleb Dressel, specifically what he thinks made the difference in Tokyo.

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Mikeh
9 months ago

What a shame! Does it seem to happen more often with all the swimmers, or am I imagining things.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mikeh
9 months ago

It’s overhead athletes in general.

Gheko
9 months ago

Never underestimate Kyle.

Tony
9 months ago

Trying a little too hard to keep up with GOAT sprinter Dressel, perhaps.

Troyy
Reply to  Tony
9 months ago

Imagine gloating under an article about an injured swimmer.

Captain Ahab
9 months ago

Is it the same shoulder he received his vaccine shot in?

Scotty P
9 months ago

More time for his reptiles.

Tommy Schmitt
9 months ago

All I want is for King Kyle to win the 100 free in Paris and retire on Mount Olympus. Man’s a warrior, the heavy racing has taken a toll on him for sure this year, but he will make it back.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Tommy Schmitt
9 months ago

Popovici

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Mr Piano
9 months ago

No chance, atm at least

Mr Piano
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
9 months ago

What are you talking about? He went 47.3 as a 16 year old, he’s gonna be fast as hell in 2024

Mike
9 months ago

Hopefully he recovers quickly. With the current shape he has he could break the long course WR.

Tiudbsi
Reply to  Mike
9 months ago

I agree i hope he recovers quickly but if i was his coach id just scrap this whole LC season, possibly next SC season and make sure his body is fully ready going on to 2024. The only reason he isn’t 46 mid is because he’s been injured every year since Rio.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Tiudbsi
9 months ago

So you think he should not swim until start of 2023?

Tiudbsi
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
9 months ago

I don’t think he should compete until he is 100% recovered and he see’s a specialist about his shoulder health. He’s gotta make sure he doesn’t get injured again. Obviously still swimming and weights but with more of a kick focus till hes good.

Samboys
Reply to  Tiudbsi
9 months ago

Just what he needs, an even bigger kick.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Tiudbsi
9 months ago

I seriously doubt it’s racing that’s injuring him.

The condors were robbed
9 months ago

He will be back

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