Earlier today, Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli was scratched out of the men’s 1500 free. As it turns out, he will be out for the entire meet.
Mellouli’s Australian visa, which took over 60 days to process, just arrived on Wednesday according to a public relations representative, leaving him without time to make the necessary arrangements to travel to Australia for the meet.
That means Ous will settle into training before attending the Dubai and Qatar World Cup meets at the end of September. All of that will lead to the Short Course World Championships, a meet for which he has been named an official ambassador.
But where he will be training is more news out of the Mellouli camp. After a short trial with the elite North Baltimore Aquatic Club training group under Bob Bowman, Mellouli is returning to Southern California to resume training with the Trojan Swim Club, where he has been for a decade.
According to his representatives, Mellouli loved working with Bowman and the NBAC team, but decided that the Southern California lifestyle was a better fit for him.
Mellouli was the 2008 Olympic champion in the 1500 free and the 2012 Olympic champion in the 10km open water race. He also has 8 career long course World Championship medals and 6 career short course World Championship medals on his resume.