MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

Australian triathlete cleared of TB

Australian Olympic triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt was recently cleared of tuberculosis after suffering chest pains during a competition and is scheduled to be discharged soon from a San Diego hospital.

Kahlefeldt complained of pains in the left side of his chest during the closing 10 kilometer run of the ITU Triathlon World Championship Series race at San Diego's Mission Beach. Doctors at Scripts Mercy Hospital in San Diego now believe he was suffering from atypical pneumonia, according to Reuters.

Triathlon Australia said that Kahlefeldt will not be able to fly for another week, but that he could begin light training in just a few days.

"Doctors will have to continue to monitor him and he has to be given the all-clear before he can fly," Michael Flynn, the Australian team's manager, said, Reuters reports. "Once he has been cleared, Brad can then hopefully join the Australian team camp in Majorca."

Kahlefeldt was originally placed in isolation because of fear that the pain in his chest was caused by tuberculosis.

"It has now been confirmed it is not TB which is great news," Kahlefeldt said, reports. "They think it is looking like it is pneumonia. I have been treated with antibiotics for this since Saturday and should clear up in a week or so."