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Australian Olympic champion Madi Wilson says she feels “extremely unhappy” after being hospitalized in Europe with Covid-19.
Less than two months after finishing on the podium with the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle team, the 27-year-old announced that she tested positive for an International Swim League event in Italy.
The diagnosis forced her to withdraw from the breakaway professional league meeting, where she competed alongside current Los Angeles teammates and compatriots Bronte Campbell and Matthew Wilson.
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“I am extremely disappointed and upset that I cannot compete with my teammates here in the ISL in Match 8,” Wilson wrote on Instagram on Sunday evening.
“I recently tested positive for Covid and was hospitalized yesterday for further care and observation. Despite being double vaccinated and taking the correct precautions through ISL, I managed to fall on this virus.
“It’s been a crazy couple of months and I feel like I’m physically and mentally exhausted, which has made me more vulnerable.”
Wilson’s Gold 2020 Tokyo gold medal was her second overall victory after winning her first time as a member of the same relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also won bronze in the women’s 4 × 200 m relay in Tokyo.
Australia’s fully vaccinated Olympic swimming continent, which won a record nine gold medals, returned home from the Covid negative games and served two weeks of hotel quarantine.
Some, including Chalmers and Emma McKeon, have since gone abroad to attend the lucrative ISL. Chalmers and Ariarne Titmus were among several Australian swimmers who sent Wilson messages of support who said their positive test scared them.
“I feel extremely unhappy, but I think this is a big wake up call,” wrote Wilson. “Covid is serious business and when it comes down to it, it hits very hard. I would be foolish not to say that I wasn’t scared. I am so happy to all of my family, friends and supporters. I can’t believe how much love I’ve been shown and I am forever indebted to these people.
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“Special thanks to my incredible LA family, you have never and will never see a team that has a bigger heart than yours, the most incredible compassionate group of people away from the pool, and in the pool we fight with every bit of strength. I can promise that we will be ready for the semifinals! I take some time to rest and I am sure that I will be fit again in no time. “