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Background[]

  • Olympic gold medal swimmer from Australia (also known as AUS) Flag of Australia in 2008 Olympics.
  • Won four consecutive national titles in the 100m backstroke
  • Swam 1:00.08 in 2011 in April just after being sick.
  • Swam trails in 2011 and only made one event before collapsing.

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SYDNEY, April 4, 2011 (Reuters) (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Ed Osmond; To comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

Olympic gold medallist Emily Seebohm could compete in just one event at the world swimming championships in Shanghai in July 2011 after she collapsed at the Australian selection trials.

The 18-year-old, who won Olympic gold in the 4x100 metres medley relay in Beijing, collapsed after she finished second in the 100 metres backstroke final to qualify for the world championships.

Seebohm, who had suffered from swine flu before the Australian national championships, received oxygen before she received her medal about 45 minutes later.

"The last thing I remember is walking down and turning the corner and then I woke up on oxygen and in a wheelchair," Seebohm told reporters.

"I think the first thing I said was can I get up and go and get my medal now. I really wanted to get up there and tell Belinda Hocking she did a great job."

Hocking upset Seebohm, who was seeking her fifth successive national title in the event, with a personal best time of 59.55 seconds. Seebohm finished in 1:00.08.

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