Olympic swimmer Kyle Chalmers undergoes heart surgery within a year of Tokyo Games
Posted On July 21, 2021
Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers has undergone another surgery for long-lasting heart disease, saying he now cautiously hopes the issue has been resolved “once and for all”.
- The 21-year-old swim star has previously said previous attempts to fix her heart problem have failed
- Chalmers now hopes the latest surgery will be a ‘third chance’ case
- Chalmers has already pledged to defend his gold in the 100m freestyle in Tokyo
The 21-year-old swim star posted a photo to Instagram late last night of himself in a hospital bed after the operation, captioned with the words “lucky third time.”
“Thanks again everyone for the love and support.”
The swimmer, from Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, won gold at the Rio Olympics in the 100m freestyle at the age of 18.
Chalmers – who is the son of former AFL footballer Brett – has previously revealed he suffers from persistent heart disease known as supraventricular tachycardia.
“[I] have increasingly started to suffer from an abnormally fast heartbeat during training and competitions, which now requires surgery, ”he said in a previous post on social media.
The condition stems from improper electrical activity in the upper part of the heart.
Although most cases of the disease are not considered dangerous, frequent episodes can weaken the heart muscle.
In 2017, Chalmers revealed that previous heart surgery had failed to resolve the issue, which forced him to miss the World Championships in Budapest.
The latest move comes less than 11 months away from the Tokyo Olympics, which kick off on July 24, with Chalmers having previously expressed his determination to qualify.
“Tokyo is definitely what I’m building for, it’s my goal to compete in other Olympics. I had a great experience in Rio,” he said in 2017.
“We have a lot of young people moving up into the sport and I think when 2020 comes around they will be at their peak, ready to really perform. “