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Australian swimmer Zac Incerti was held out of the country’s men’s 400 freestyle relay on the opening day of the 2022 World Championships due to a minor illness, Swimming Australia told SwimSwam Saturday.
Incerti, who finished second at the Australian Championships in the men’s 100 freestyle last month and is entered to race the individual later on in Budapest, picked up a “minor sickness” at the Australian pre-Worlds staging camp in Slovakia, and sat out of the relay to manage his program moving forward.
Swimming Australia statement:
Zac picked up a minor sickness during our staging camp and, in the context of the remainder of his program, not only this week but also on to the Commonwealth Games, a decision was made in the best interest of managing his program.
Swimming Australia added that the illness was not COVID-19 and that Incerti will race the men’s 200 free prelims on Sunday morning.
Incerti, 25, clocked 48.65 to take second to William Yang in the 100 free at the Australian Championships last month, just shy of his personal best 48.51 set at the 2021 Olympic Trials.
Incerti won the 200 free at the competition, establishing a new personal best of 1:45.80.