Alex Meyer, who became the first American in any sport to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, has been removed from the USA Swimming roster for the 2011 Pan American Games that will begin in less than two weeks. Meyer was to swim the 10k, which is the only open water event of the Pan Am Games.
Meyer qualified for the Olympics by way of his 4th-place finish in the 10km swim at the Shanghai World Championships in July. The top-10 finishers in that meet all earned their way automatically through to London.
Meyer would have been the heavy favorite to win Pan American gold in the event. The race should now be between Canada’s Richard Weinberger, Brazil’s Allan do Carmo, and Mexico’s Luis Ricardo Escobar Torres.
Venezuela’s Erwin Maldonado and Argentina’s Guillermo Bartola could also be a factor, though they generally tend towards the longer, 25km race.