Swiss marathon record holder and Olympic athlete Fabienne Schlumpf has been diagnosed with myocarditis shortly after being vaccinated with the COVID-19 booster shot.

Schlumpf, who finished 12th in the marathon race at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo, is now unable to compete for the foreseeable future.

Fabienne Schlumpf31, has developed myocarditis shortly after receiving the COVID-19 booster

The runner made the news public on Thursday, writing in a post on Instagram:


Unfortunately myocarditis is holding me back right now. It’s definitely not an easy time for me but I’m not giving up. I hope to be back soon, chasing my dreams… and competitors”

The 31-year-old was reported to be feeling ‘fatigued‘ in everyday life and after her heart rate skyrocketed during an easy endurance run last month, she sought out a doctor who diagnosed her with myocarditis.

The experienced runner had planned to go on a training camp in Portugal at the beginning of this year but this was cancelled after her diagnosis.

“Nobody can say for how long I have to put my career on hold.”

Schlumpf confirmed to a Swiss newspaper that she has been triple-vaccinated and that she hasn’t had COVID.

Schlumpf, who is specialized in the 3000 meters steeplechase, won the silver medal at the 2018 European Championships.

Her personal best of 9:37.81 is the current Swiss national record.

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