Triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt’s Preparation for London 2012 Thrown into Disarray

Brad Kahlefeldt in HospitalAustralian Triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt has been left in a San Diego hospital after coming down ill after the ITU Triathlon World Series event in USA. Brad Kahlefeldt told his team that he reported pains down the left side of his chest during the latter stages of the run at Mission Beach on Sunday. The 31 year old is likely to represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer but his preparations have been hampered.

Possible Diagnosis of Tuberculosis or Pneumonia

Brad Kahlefeldt’s symptoms are believed to be possibilities of the tuberculosis illness or pneumonia. Until an actual diagnosis has been confirmed, Brad Kahlefeldt will have to go through the agony of praying that it isn’t anything too serious that will rule him out of the London 2012 Games as he has been pre-nominated for the Olympics by the Australian National Olympic Committee to compete in the Triathlon events.

Down But Not Out

Brad Kahlefeldt managed to finish 26th in the San Diego ITU season’s event but almost immediately he went to the local hospital in San Diego to undergo chest X-rays which showed a shadow on his left side of his lung which didn’t put Brad Kahlefeldt’s mind at ease. He is to undergo further tests, including a CAT scan which will hopefully give a full diagnosis of how serious the problems are with Brad Kahlefeldt but early indications don’t look to promising for the Australian athlete.

Chances for Madrid Outing Slim

Brad Kahlefeldt and his coaching team had planned on leaving their San Diego resort in USA to travel straight to Majorca, Spain to prepare for the next event in the ITU World Championship Series season which is in Madrid in a fortnight’s time but it looks increasingly unlikely that Brad Kahlefeldt will take any part in the Madrid event. Until he receives clearance from the doctors at the San Diego hospital, Brad Kahlefeldt will remain in isolation.

It is a bitter blow for the Australian Triathlete as he looks set to feature in his second consecutive Olympic appearance after representing the Australian Triathlon team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Despite only winning 1 gold medal way back in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in his home country in Melbourne, Brad Kahlefeldt is currently placed at 7th in the official Men’s Olympic Rankings for London 2012.

Although Brad Kahlefeldt only gained 114 qualification points for his 26th placed finish in the San Diego ITU World Championship Series event, it still took him 1 place above Steffen Juslus of Germany who despite not competing at the San Diego event over the weekend in the men’s event, Steffen Juslus was the winner of the first event in the season at Sydney, Australia earlier this year.

However both athletes are behind the current ITU World Championship Series leader as South Africa’s Richard Murray is currently occupying 1st position after 2 successful races for the African Triathlete in both Sydney and San Diego. He managed to finish 3rd in the San Diego race this weekend but managed to go one better at the first event of the season in Sydney with a silver medal.

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