Yannick Agnel withdraws from World Swimming Championships


France’s Olympic and World 200m freestyle champion Yannick Agnel will not compete at the World Swimming Championships in August for health reasons.

Agnel, 23, detailed withdrawing in a French statement.

The World Championships in Kazan, Russia, will now be missing both the 2013 World champions in the 100m free and 200m free, following Australian James Magnussen‘s dropout last month.

Also missing will be Olympic 200m free co-silver medalist Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, due to a doping ban. Plus, 2008 Olympic 200m free champion Michael Phelps due to his punishment from a September DUI arrest.

The 200m free medal favorites include both Americans entered — 2013 World silver medalist Conor Dwyer and fourth-place finisher Ryan Lochte — China’s Sun Yang, who shared London Olympic silver with Park, German world-record holder Paul Biedermann and Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, the world’s best all-around swimmer.

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