Philip Heintz blasts World’s #1 200 IM on day 2,German Championships

German National Championships and World Championships Trials

Philip Heintz set a new German record in the 200m IM during morning heats with a time of 1:56,59. And then he improved the record to 1:55,76 in the final. What a day for the 26-year old swimmer!

His split times: 00:25,38 00:55,42 01:28,20 01:55,76
(25,38, 30,04, 32,78, 27,56)

He now is the number one in the world in this season:

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Heintz has been the fastest German 200m IM swimmer SC und LC over the last years: He won gold at the 2013 SC European Championships, silver two years later and also silver at the 2016 SC World Championships. In 2014, he also was successful on a 50m course with a silver medal at the European Championships.

The 26-old finished sixth at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 200 IM in 1:57,48 and wasn’t satisfied with this result and thought about hanging up the speedos but fortunately he decided to continue his sports career until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Heintz said at the opening press conference on wednesday that he changed his training and swam less meters (5.500 instead of 7000 per training unit), but worked on his speed in practice with more sets in race pace.

Philip Heintz is a real “Mr. Sunshine”, he always smiles, is relaxed and in a good mood  but he is a very focused athlete who concentrates on his races and he is experienced enough to work on the details with his coach Dr. Michael Spikermann. Heintz trains at the German federal training center in Heidelberg.

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Wow. That puts him in pole position for Worlds. Hagino has battle on his hands!


If Lochte was back , it would be a great final


This shouldn’t be getting downvoted dude tore his groin and went a 1:56.22 and was a 1:55.81 in Kazan Lochte is still crazy good


Lochte just retired after that.


It’s unavoidable to take a pause when we see a 26 y/o suddenly make a massive drop and swim so fast. Did he battle injury the past few years? I hope no suspicion is warranted and for now will only say, congratulations; the 200 IM looks like a great race at worlds with at least 5 serious contenders to win.

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If you read the article you’d have seen that he stated the other day that’s he’s changed his training program in this last year.


I read the article and it’s well and good… maybe new training explains the drop.


How about this being another confirmation that the days of yardage (7k per practice) are gone? More training at race pace.


that’s a lot of downvotes for something I’m sure crossed a lot of minds. I guess etiquette is we don’t say it out loud. Whisper whisper.

re evaluate.

No, not at all. Its just this suspicion that any athlete outside of the U.S. who achieves success is doping. Just because there was a large time drop and they aren’t Americans should not mean that they have to be put under any more scrutiny. This is just sad.

IMs for days

He is now the fastest ever european in textile. He split:
For comparison Hagino split
Lochte Split
And Cseh, the former fastest european in textile, split this in his textile best
It seems that his weakest strokes are butterfly and backstroke, while he is very strong in the breast and free, actually swimming his second half faster than lochte did in his world record. This is a very different IMer than we have gotten used to with the likes of phelps, lochte and hagino, who all are very fast on the front half.


Excellent comparison u brought on the table , specially the splits . Great job


Coming home in 1:00.34 is absurd


Absolutely. Has anyone ever been sub 33 on breast AND sub 28 on free? Phelps and Lochte’s best performances were 33low and 27low/mid, never really hitting 32.xx on breast.


Just for fun, adding up Hagino’s first 100, Heintz’s breast, and Lochte’s free nets a 1:53.13. Not too shabby. Meanwhile, for no reason other than boredom and a desire to crank up the absurdity another notch: add up Cavic’s first 50 fly from 2009: 22.69 Piersol’s 26.59 back-half from 2009 Peaty’s 30.52 back-half from Rio and Maggie’s 24.42 back-half from 2012 and we have a 1:44.22 200 IM, ladies and gentlemen. I could have missed some of the best splits, too. For example, I couldn’t find Lezak’s back-half split from Beijing, so it’s possible that this hypothetical IMer could be faster. Now we just need to clone Phelps and/or Lochte, train them from birth under optimal conditions, dope them out… Read more »


Chalmers came back on 24.21 on the heats of the 100 free I believe.

phelps swims 200 breast rio


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