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Relay swimmer withdraws from Australian swim team after undergoing surgery for benign growth

Freestyle swimmer Brittany Elmslie has withdrawn from the Australian team for the world championships after undergoing surgery to a remove a benign growth in her breast three weeks ago.

Swimming Australia said in a statement Sunday that Elmslie was expected to compete in the 4x100 and 4x200 freestyle relays at Kazan, Russia from July 27 to Aug. 9.

The 20-year-old Elmslie informed Swimming Australia of her decision on Friday after discussions with her coach, Brisbane-based Michael Bohl.

Elmslie, who won a 4x100 relay gold with Australia at the 2012 London Olympics and two silver relay medals, says "I haven't been able to put in the training ... and after a lot of thought I have decided that I am best to work through my health issues here in Australia."