Philip Heintz set a new German record in the 200m IM (LC) in 1:55,76 on Thursday at the German National Championships. He now is one of the few swimmers who have been able to clock a time under 1:56.
To be precise, only Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Kosuke Hagino, Laszlo Cseh, Thiago Pereira and Eric Shanteau have yet been able to swim times between 1:54 and 1:56.
Ryan Lochte is the current world record holder in 1:54,oo, he established this time at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai and it was the first world record in the post-supersuit era. In the same race in the final in Shanghai, Michael Phelps set his personal best time in 1:54,16 and won the 200m IM four times in a row at Olympic Games.
Lochte and Phelps share the 15 top performances in this event and all of the sub 1:55 times.
Japan’s Kosuke Hagino (1:55,07), Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh (1:55,18), USA’s Eric Shanteau (1:55,36) and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira (1.55,55) are the only swimmers worldwide who have been faster than Philip Heintz. Cseh is the only European swimmer among them, logically Heintz is the second fastest in history in Europe.
Cseh, Shanteau and Pereira reached their best times at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, in a high tech swimsuit. That means that Philip Heintz is the 4th fastest performer in the 200m IM in a textile suit.
His split times at his race:
00:25,38 00:55,42 01:28,20 01:55,76
(25,38, 30,04, 32,78, 27,56)
Just as a comparison, Lochte’s world record splits:
24.89, 53.48, 1:26.51 , 1:54.00
(24,89, 28,59, 33,03, 27,49)
Heintz says that backstroke is his weakest stroke.
Video showing his German record-breaking race:
YouTube, courtesy of JDizzlebro