Kyle Chalmers, Olympic gold medalist is having open heart surgery which is forcing him to withdraw his bid from the upcoming FINA World Championship.
Chalmers has a heart condition referred to as “supraventricular tachycardia or SVT. His coach, Peter Bishop states it was more important to deal with the heart condition than it is to win the championship competing for Australia in Budapest this July.
Per his coach, this decision wasn’t made lightly, a lot of consideration and thought was put into it.
It is in his best interest to have this surgery sooner as opposed to later.
Once the surgery is complete and he has recovered, Kyle will begin to prepare for the Commonwealth Games that are coming up in 2018.
The priority was always his health and well being.
This is the beginning of his bid for gold medal championships. Now is the time to get the surgery done so that he can go on to win. Often, the overall goal needs to be determined and the decisions need to be made from there.
Chalmers has the full support of his teammates, family, and coaches. This will give him the home advantage in 2018.
The surgery will be performed within a few short weeks.
“It’s with regret that I have withdrawn from the competition for 2017” states Chalmers.
“In order to give myself the best opportunity for the future, I must take care of myself now”, states Chalmers.
“As I’ve begun to suffer from an abnormal heart rhythm I must now face surgery to reset things.” states Chalmers.
Chalmers is happily following his doctor’s advice on the situation.
While there is never a good time for surgery, Chalmers is facing it with the goal of being healed and able to go for his overall goal. He has made the decision to withdraw from the 2017 competition and go for the competition in 2018 after he has fully recovered and healed.
It is expected that a replacement swimmer will be announced for the 100-meter freestyle event that is in Budapest in the near future. Putting his health first will ensure that he is able to compete in future events. He will do better training once his heart rhythm is reset and running properly for his body. It was a tough decision, but one that will ultimately allow him to reach his future goal of winning in the next competition that takes place in 2018.