Kyle Chalmers Withdraws From 2017 World Championships

Swimming Australia has announced that 2016 100 freestyle Olympic gold medalist Kyle Chalmers has made the decision to withdraw from this summer’s upcoming World Championships, opting to focus on his long-term career.

Chalmers, who added a pair of relay bronzes to his 100 free gold last summer in Rio, will take the time off to enable him and his medical team to further look into his heart condition, known as Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).

The decision was a difficult one, with his doctor Peter Bishop and Australia’s National Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren both involved in the process.

On making the tough decision, Bishop said, “We decided it was in Kyle’s best long term interest to get the surgery done sooner rather than later. This will enable Kyle a good recovery period, before preparing for a home Commonwealth Games in 2018”.

Verhaeren reiterated that the health of the athlete is the main concern, and that with this being the first year of the Olympic cycle, it’s the perfect time to take time off if needed.

“We are at the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, and for some of our athletes we need to look at longevity to allow them to stay at the highest level for longer. For some that may mean having more of a focus on study, a different season planning with other competitions, or the chance to follow up a niggling injury or medical issue and then comeback refreshed and revitalised when it is right for them”.

“Kyle has our full support and we know he will use this time away from competition positively and to his advantage to return for a home Commonwealth Games in 2018 and beyond,” Verhaeren said.

The withdrawal from Chalmers adds to the list of Aussies who won’t be competing in Budapest, with Cate CampbellJames MagnussenTamsin Cook and Madeline Groves all out of the Championships as well.

Chalmers qualified for Budapest in the 100 freestyle after taking 2nd at the Trials behind Cameron McEvoy. The decision on who replace Chalmers will be made internally by Swimming Australia and announced shortly. Jack Cartwright, who placed 3rd in the event at Trials and was named to the team for the relay, is the likely choice.

Chalmers will have surgery in the coming weeks.

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A non E mouse
3 years ago

Wow big news. Hope this pans out well for him

H1H2
3 years ago

Hope all goes well with the surgery. There goes our 4×100 free hopes of glory…

Bigly
Reply to  H1H2
3 years ago

That hope went out the window the day Klim played air guitar. Kind of a motivator for the U.S.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Bigly
3 years ago

lol

pvdh
3 years ago

I dont like to consider anything a lock, but I think this is as close to it gets for the 4×100 free relay going to the US. Gilot and Florent gone from France, plus losing potential fill ins like Meynard, Agnel, and Mallet….their relay will struggle. Magnussen and Chalmers out for the Aussies….they seem to be a fringe medal threat at best now. The US will have the ever reliable Adrian, improved Dressel and Held, and then a host of guys that can fill in that final spot (Conger, Chadwick, Pieroni, Haas, Ervin)

Rafael
Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

Russia seems weak too but may surprise, Brazil without nilo and lucca even with Cielo back is behind. so Us seems pretty safe unless flops happen

Dan
Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Do not remember who is on the Russian team, do they also have a lot of people retired/not competing this summer?

Rafael
Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

Can’t find the names but times were 48,28 48,53 49,16 and 49,35.

gigglewater
Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago
Observer
Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

I’m gonna have to disagree with you about Brazil, Nilo and Delucca have been swimming 48 highs on their last splits so I don’t think they will be missed… And the sum of times Brazil have now are is fastest in a while.
US, France, Australia and Russia are always team to be aware of, but don’t put guys like Brazil and Italy our of the fight yet.

Rafael
Reply to  Observer
3 years ago

I did not but I think Brazil won’t be on us level but Bra is probably favorite for silver now. And de lucca swam 48 high in season. But Cielo will improve a lot. He only had 3 months of training before trials

commonwombat
Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

AUS were only ever a minor medal candidate at best. Whilst McEvoy & Chalmers are known performers, Cartwright is a senior team rookie (despite a fast Trials time) and the 4th leg is still north of 49. IF Chalmers CAN be fixed up health-wise, then they may be a legitimate factor going into Tokyo but that will be contingent on younger talent stepping up and proving they can not only swim fast domestically but in serious intl competition …. rather than relying on questionable “superannuants” such as Magnussen and Roberts

bobo gigi
Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

USA huge favorite for world gold in the men’s 4X100 free relay with Adrian, Dressel, Held and either Pieroni or Chadwick or Conger or maybe Farris.

Derek
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

DEAN FARRIS!

Zanna
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Why is Faris in the picture?

Dylab
Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

He is not

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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