Budapest – Caleb Dressel He withdrew from the rest of his activities in the World Swimming Championships on the fifth day of the eight-day meeting, a day after his exit from a race on unspecified medical grounds.
“After consulting with Caeleb, his coaches and medical staff, a decision has been made to withdraw him from the FINA World Championships,” USA Swimming said in a statement on Wednesday. “Our priority is and will remain the health of our athletes and we will continue to provide the assistance Caleb needs to recover quickly.”
Dressel, a 15-time world champion and five-time gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, capped the 100m freestyle semi-final on Tuesday. He is also expected to race in the mixed final 4x100m medley relay on Tuesday before withdrawing.
He did not have any events scheduled for Wednesday.
Now he will also miss the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle, the two events starting on Thursday, and two other stages he was expected to be part of (Mixed 4x100m freestyle and men’s 4x100m medley).
He won a gold medal in each of the first two days of the meet, topping the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay on Saturday and repeating the 50m world champion on Sunday.
He had no events on Monday and was second fastest in the 100m freestyle heats on Tuesday before withdrawing.
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