Sprenger was listed as "subject to fitness" when the final
43-strong Australia squad was announced on Tuesday for the Aug.
21-25 meet on the Gold Coast, where the hosts will compete against
the United States, Japan and Canada.
The 28-year-old, who won Olympic silver in London in 2012 and world
championship gold in Barcelona last year, went to the Commonwealth
Games with hopes of winning three titles but ended up with just a
relay bronze after his stroke fell apart.
Despite having swum the best time in the world this year in the 100m
breaststroke when he clocked 58.87 at the Australian championships
in April, Sprenger failed to get out of the heats in the event in
He returned to his home city of Brisbane to have scans on the
troublesome shoulder in the hope of discovering the full extent of
the problem before deciding whether to swim in the Pan Pacs, where
American Michael Phelps is expected to make his return to
Ellen Gandy, who won a women's 200 meters butterfly silver medal at
the 2011 world championships for Britain, will not take part in the
meet for "personal reasons", Swimming Australia said in a news
release.The 22-year-old switched allegiances to Australia after a
disappointing 2012 Olympics but failed to get among the medals in
Glasgow in her first major international outing in the green and
The final squad included an additional eight swimmers selected on
the back of their performances in Glasgow, where Australia won a
total of 57 medals in the pool.
"It's not usual for us to have two chances to race so quickly
together and it something that we've been preparing for all year and
will learn a lot from," head coach Jacco Verhaeren said in news
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"The athletes and coaches switched their attention to Pan Pacs as soon as
the swimming was over in Glasgow last week, and we're looking forward to
swimming in a brand new pool on the Gold Coast, and in front a strong
Men - Matthew Abood, Josh Beaver, Tommaso D’Orsogna, Thomas
Fraser-Holmes, Jayden Hadler, Jordan Harrison, Mack Horton, Simon
Huitenga, Mitch Larkin, Matson Lawson, Travis Mahoney, James Magnussen,
Rhys Mainstone, Cameron McEvoy, Ned McKendry, David McKeon, Jake
Packard, Jarrod Poort, Christian Sprenger (subject to fitness), Kenneth
To, Daniel Tranter, Ben Treffers, Chris Wright.
Women - Jessica Ashwood, Bronte Barratt, Alanna Bowles, Cate Campbell,
Bronte Campbell, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie, Remy Fairweather,
Madeline Groves, Chelsea Gubecka, Belinda Hocking, Sally Hunter, Kareena
Lee, Emma McKeon, Taylor McKeown, Keryn McMaster, Melanie Schlanger,
Emily Seebohm, Lorna Tonks, Jessica Walker.
(Editing by Julian Linden)
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