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Chalmers not a health concern

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016 Laine Clark

A health scare led to Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers pulling out of the world short course titles, but Australian team staff have no long-term concerns for the 100m freestyle gold medallist.

Chalmers, 18, was one of many big names absent from a 20-strong Australian world short course titles squad announced after the trials concluded in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Selectors had the chance to use discretionary powers and pick Chalmers after a long-time heart condition forced him to pull out of his pet event, the 100m freestyle, at the trials.

It was the first time he suffered a scare during competition.

Chalmers backed up the next day to claim 200m freestyle bronze but pulled out of Saturday's 50m freestyle due to fatigue.

After consultation with coach Peter Bishop, Chalmers made himself unavailable for world titles selection on Saturday night.

It is believed Bishop took the scare as a sign that his star charge needed a break after a whirlwind few months since Rio.

Officials have no concerns for Chalmers' long term health.

Chalmers was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) before the Rio Games and suffered a sudden attack 20 minutes before Thursday night's 100m final.

The SVT condition can cause a dramatic spike in heart rate.

Chalmers had shown no sign of illness ahead of the trials, recently breaking two junior world records in the World Cup short course series.

He is one of many stars missing in the Australian world short course team.

Six members of the Rio team will contest the December 6-11 meet in Windsor, Canada.

There are 12 rookies.

The team will be led by dual world champions Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm.

The likes of former world champions James Magnussen and Cate Campbell and Rio golden girl Emma McKeon did not contest the trials after a draining Olympics and with April's world long course titles trials in Brisbane ahead.

Besides Chalmers, Rio teammates Cameron McEvoy, Madeline Groves and Madison Wilson raced but later made themselves unavailable.

Seebohm claimed a record seven national titles at the three day trials in Brisbane, taking her total tally to 14.

She will take 16-year-old training partner Minna Atherton under her wing after the junior world champion earned her senior debut.

And Seebohm has plenty of lessons after a disastrous Rio campaign.

She finished second last in the 100m backstroke and failed to even make the final in her other pet event, the 200m backstroke.

Seebohm is yet to decide on whether to vie for a fourth Olympics at Tokyo 2020.

"It's good to get back into racing mode," she said.

"(But) I will take each year as it comes and how my body is handling it.

"I go away on teams and feel older than 24 - with Minna I feel like I am 30.

"But with me there I can definitely help her - I can't wait."

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