American swimmer Caeleb Dressel withdraws from world championships – ESPN

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Caeleb Dressel’s world swimming championships are over with simply two gold medals from Budapest.

USA Swimming withdrew its star male swimmer from the remainder of the competitors for unspecified medical causes Wednesday.

“He’s just not fit to compete right now. And so we just needed to make that decision. It needed to be a quick decision,” American workforce supervisor Lindsay Mintenko advised reporters.

Mintenko mentioned she couldn’t be extra particular concerning the causes for Dressel’s withdrawal however that he might resolve to discuss it himself. She declined to say whether or not it was a psychological or bodily downside. Dressel had appeared in fine condition.

He had pulled out of Tuesday’s semifinals within the 100 freestyle, and it wasn’t clear on the time if he would have the ability to proceed. He was additionally as a consequence of race the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly later within the worlds.

“He obviously has a lot of events left, and so it was a quick decision that we made in conjunction with him and our medical staff and the coaches,” Mintenko mentioned. “It’s the right decision and especially for Caeleb’s long-term health. And that’s ultimately what we’re here for, for the health of our athletes.”

For the 25-year-old Dressel — a seven-time Olympic gold medalist — it is a massive blow.

“Caeleb has worked really hard for this,” Mintenko mentioned. “Any time you come to a world championships or any big competition, international competition, and if you can’t compete, it’s very difficult. And so we’re just going to take it one day at a time. We have a wonderful team here with us. We’re doing exceptionally well and really looking forward to the next few days.”

Dressel’s teammates responded Tuesday by including three extra gold medals to take the workforce’s tally to 10. He had claimed gold within the 50 butterfly Sunday, a day after serving to the United States win the lads’s 4×100 freestyle relay.

“Feels good to get the first individual [gold] out of the way,” mentioned Dressel, who did not know it will be his final on this competitors.

Also Wednesday, Australian swimmer Shayna Jack broke her hand in coaching whereas warming up for the morning’s 100-meter freestyle heats and can miss the remainder of the worlds.

The 23-year-old Jack helped Australia to gold within the ladies’s 4×100 freestyle relay Saturday and silver within the combined 4×100 medley relay Tuesday.

Hong Kong’s Siobhán Haughey, the Olympic silver medalist within the ladies’s 100, additionally withdrew Monday as a consequence of an ankle harm.

Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan was quickest in 100 qualifying of their absence, adopted by Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, Torri Huske of the U.S. and world-record holder Sarah Sjöström.

Four-time Olympic medalist Chad Le Clos withdrew from the lads’s competitors Monday. The South African mentioned on social media that he had been struggling along with his respiration for the earlier three weeks “since having multiple stints of bronchitis.”


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