BUDAPEST— Caeleb Dressel withdrew from the remainder of his events at the world swimming championships on day five of the eight-day meet, a day after pulling out of a race for unspecified medical reasons.
“After speaking with Caeleb, his coaches and medical staff, the decision has been made to withdraw him from the FINA World Championships,” according to a statement from USA Swimming on Wednesday. “Our priority is and always will be the health of our athletes and we will continue to give Caeleb the help he needs to recover quickly.”
Dressel, a 15-time world champion who won five gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, was knocked out of the 100m freestyle semifinals on Tuesday. He was also scheduled to compete in the mixed 4x100m medley relay final on Tuesday before the forfeit.
He had no events scheduled for Wednesday.
From now on, he will also miss the 100m butterfly and the 50m freestyle, events which will start on Thursday, as well as two other relays in which he was supposed to participate (4x100m freestyle mixed and 4x100m medley men).
He won a gold medal on each of the first two days of competition, leading the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay on Saturday and repeating as world champion in the 50m butterfly on Sunday.
He did not compete in any events on Monday and finished second in the 100m free heats on Tuesday before retiring.
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