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O'Connor to miss Olympic Trials

Olympic medal-winning swimmer Siobhan-Marie O'Connor will miss the British Swimming Championship next week after suffering a flare-up of her ulcerative-colitis condition.

The Somerset star posted the following on her Instagram page:

"Ahead of next week's Olympic Trials. some of you noticed that my name was not amongst the list of confirmed entries.

"As many of you know. throughout my career I've struggled with Ulcerative-Colitis, a chronic illness that can make training and competing really difficult and very unpredictable. 

"Since the last months of 2020. I have bean unable to train for a consistent and sustained period. Despite my vary best efforts to do so, and all that I have done to help facilitate this, unfortunately things have not gone the way that I had hoped and anticipated. 

"Sadly, this means that I'm not in a position to compete at next week's British Swimming Championships*.

"I'm absolutely heartbroken but so grateful for the support of my close family and friends during what has been a really tough time. 

"I would like to take some time to get well and decide what my next steps will be.

"I wish the very best to all competing swimmers next week."


* British Swimming revised the event title on 2 Mar to the 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials.

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