Melanie Schlanger
Courtesy of: Rob Schumacher - USA Today Sports
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 5. AUSTRALIA was dealt a blow to its women's relay lineup today when Melanie Schlanger announced that various injuries and illnesses have kept her away from peak training long enough to warrant withdrawal from the year's biggest meet.

Fox Sports Australia said Schlanger has been hampered by a rib injury since shortly after the world championship trials, and was recently plagued by a virus that forced her to cut back on training.

"Unfortunately I've had about a week of race specific training which for me is not enough in my mind to be competitive at the world championships and at the standard that I expect of myself and I believe should be expected of a swimmer on the national team," Schlanger said.

Schlanger was scheduled to only swim on Australia's freestyle relays in Barcelona, having placed fifth in the 200 free and sixth in the 100 free at the world trials. She made a major breakthrough at the London Olympics, placing fourth in the 100 free and swimming strong legs on the winning 400 free relay, as well as the medley relay and 800 free relay that each placed second.

With the July 1 deadline to add more swimmers to the team passed, Swimming Australia can only fill her spots on relay duty with other swimmers on the team.

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