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Australian forced out of championship

Updated: July 12, 2009, 12:52 AM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Former sprint world record holder Eamon Sullivan has pulled out of the world championships in Rome because of a virus, Swimming Australia said Sunday.

Sullivan withdrew from the Barcelona and Monaco legs of the Mare Nostrum Series last month and then competed at the Paris Open and in Milan. But the 23-year-old Sullivan is still ill and will return to Australia for further diagnosis.

Backstroker Hayden Stoeckel has also withdrawn from the championships, which start in Rome ...

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