FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ON COURT COURT 2021
The biggest intrigue to be revealed in the official psychological files of the next world short course swimming championships is the absence of the American bib. Hunter Armstrong. Armstrong was first named to the team to swim the 100m backstroke, having qualified for the Olympics in that event earlier this year. However, he does not appear on the entry list for the competition, which is due to start on Thursday, nor will he swim in the relays. Consult the complete psychological sheets of the meeting here:
While it is not clear at this time whether Armstrong’s withdrawal is linked to COVID-19, we have confirmed that it is due to medical reasons.
Armstrong recently participated in the Ohio State Invitational. There he placed 2nd in the 100m backstroke with 45.82 in the 100 backstroke short course and delivered a 21.16 lead in the 50m backstroke relay. Armstrong had a strong Olympic debut earlier this year, placing 9th overall in the 100m backstroke with a semi-final swim of 53.21. He also won Olympic gold for his preliminary swim in the men’s 4×100 medley relay where he swam a 53.51 for the Americans.
In addition to recently racing, Armstrong was in attendance at the Golden Goggle awards ceremony in Miami, Fla. Last week, alongside the majority of his fellow Tokyo Olympians and other members of the Olympic team. World Short Course Swimming Championships. Armstrong posted an Instagram photo from the awards ceremony, writing “Now in Abu Dhabi” to end the caption, indicating that 6 days ago he expected to attend.
The fact that Armstrong retired is especially significant given the fact that he was entered to run the 100 backstroke for the United States. American swimmer Coleman stewart broke the short course world record in the 100 backstroke earlier this year and was subsequently not selected to race for the United States in Abu Dhabi due to selection criteria based on long course meters.
Stewart has publicly criticized the selection process and USA Swimming for the decision to be the fastest man in the world in the history of the event. Armstrong and former Texas A&M star Shaine Casas were selected from the team; Casas gets a place after the first row Ryan murphy refused a spot on the team. Casas is expected to race again this week in Abu Dhabi.
Armstrong is the only American swimmer who was struck out of competition, although he wasn’t the only one to be struck out. Torri Huske withdrew from individual 200 for free. She still has individual entries in the 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and probably at least a few relays.
Armstrong is the most recent swimmer to withdraw from the championships, after South Africans Matt Tatjana Schoenmaker, Italy Fabio Scozzoli, Abbie Wood from Great Britain, from Brazil Felipe lima, and Victor Johansson from Sweden.