Fraser-Holmes Reportedly Scratches 200 IM To Give Slot To Another

2016 HANCOCK PROSPECTING AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS)

Thomas Fraser-Holmes is having the meet of his life while competing at the 2016 Australian National Championships, the competition which serves as the nation’s Olympic Trials.

Through 5 days of competition, Fraser-Holmes has already successfully added his name to the Aussie Rio roster in 3 events, giving the 24-year-old Miami Swimming Club athlete reason, at least in his mind, to relinquish his spot in the men’s 200m IM final scheduled for tonight.

‘THF’ kicked off the Trials meet with a victory in the men’s 400m IM event on the very first night, stopping the clock and earning the gold in a time of 4:11.09. Then the swimmer earned a tie for gold in the men’s 200m freestyle event, touching the wall in the same time as teammate Cameron McEvoy (1:45.63) to earn an individual berth, as well as a spot on the men’s 800m freestyle relay.

Headed into Tuesday’s finals, TFH was situated as the top seed in a mark of 1:57.92 in the 200m IM, Aussie sources are reporting that Fraser-Holmes will be scratching out of the event. According to social media, he will be opting out of the 200m IM final to give the racing opportunity to another Aussie swimmer, saying he doesn’t want to “take away someone else’s dream.”

Fraser-Holmes’ absence from the final bumps 9th-place finisher James Traiforos into the final. Traiforos, who is just 19 years old, earned a semi-final time of 2:02.96. He swims for Trinity Grammar, the same club at which Kenneth To trains, although To had previously scratched the 200 IM semi to instead focus on the 100m freestyle.

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Reid
5 years ago

They’ve set the qualifying time at 1:58.54 and the fastest behind him was James at 2:00,4. I hope someone else gets a spot as a result, but I’m not optimistic.

Anon
5 years ago

That’s the dumbest thing ever. Australia won’t get 2 qualifiers in the event… He doesn’t want to swim in because he has no chance at a medal so he’s pulling out now

commonwombat
Reply to  Anon
5 years ago

Its not dumb at all. There is certainly no altruism involved but just a calculated judgement that whilst he will qualify; he is not likely to be competitive in this event and he already has 2 individual events and 1 relay on his slate for Rio. Why waste the effort ?

Aussie Oy
Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

I agree with Commonwombat.

Why swim the final knowing he won’t swim it in Rio even if he qualifies. Isn’t it better to give the 9th finisher chance to swim in the final of Aussie trials rather than wasting a final spot?

Aussie Oy
Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

I should clarify further, for some top swimmers, their dream maybe to swim and win medals in Olympics, but for the not so top elite swimmers, their dream might be just the chance to swim in an Olympics trials final, regardless of the outcome.

Hank
5 years ago

If he had swam final and got 1st ir 2nd could he still give up his spot or would Australia swimming force him to swim it?

commonwombat
Reply to  Hank
5 years ago

No, they can’t. Had he gone through the whole process THEN decided “I don’t want to swim this”; he would have not have won any friends (both amongst officialdom and fellow swimmers) by preventing somebody else from potentially qualifying.

If there are no qualifiers; then since he actually has a qualifying time they may ask him whether he wishes to reconsider but he is under no obligation to say yes.

Roland Schoeman
5 years ago

Thomas Fraser-Holmes is pure class. This is what the Olympic spirit is about. In pursuit of excellence swimmer often lose sight of this.
Being a part of an Olympic team is incredibly special and Thomas is giving the opportunity for someone else to be a part of that team in Rio.

Kom
5 years ago

Such a shame that Daniel Tranter didn’t qualify for the 200IM, making TFH the only person to have gone under the QT in the semis. I really do hope Tranter makes it though!

Absurd
5 years ago

This is ridiculous honestly. The whole point of trials is to bring the best of the best in a country to the Olympics. By scratching all you are doing is saying well ill let someone else swim that didn’t really deserve it.

Goes back to the point, now, every swimmer gets a medal at age group meets for being “their best” and that’s “just super.” I mean really? Without comletition, and the drive to be the best and beat the best all you do is hurt the progression of mankind.

Reply to  Absurd
5 years ago

No. That’s not an accurate comparison.

commonwombat
5 years ago

Merely illustrating what has been apparent for years that beyond a couple of stellar performers (currently Larkin & McEvoy), the AUS men’s side remains very shallow in depth. TFH has returned to form somewhat, Packard has consolidated on his 2015 progress and the advance of Chalmers & Wilson are pleasing but by and large, this meet has gone according to script.

Second qualifiers were always going to be questionable in a number of events and the only event where no qualifier looked likely that has produced qualifiers has been the M200fly.

At this point, the strength of the AUS program is predominantly on the women’s side and Larkin & McEvoy are all that is preventing this from being stark glaringly… Read more »

Anon
5 years ago

That’s what I meant Commonwombat. He didn’t pull out to give someone else a go, he pulled out because he has no chance in Rio anyway. Australia was never gonna get 2 other guys to meet the QT.
Altruistic would be seebohm dropping out of the 200 back and letting hocking or atherton qualify

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