Philip Heintz Withdraws From 400 IM Final Due To Hip Injury

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

German Philip Heintz has been forced to withdraw from the men’s 400 IM on the final night of the World Championships due to injury.

On Facebook, the German Swimming Federation announced the scratch, stating he injured his hip.

Heintz was the eighth-fastest swimmer in the 400 IM prelims in a time of 4:15.24, and by dropping out, Hungarian Peter Bernek gets the last spot into the final.

Bernek clocked a time of 4:15.49 in the heats, 0.13 seconds ahead of defending champion Chase Kalisz who failed to advance in 10th.

The 27-year-old Hungarian’s only other individual swim at the competition came in the prelims of the men’s 200 IM, where he finished 31st in a time of 2:02.56. That falls nearly three seconds off his lifetime best 1:59.56.

In the 400, he’s been as fast as 4:12.80, done back in March of this year.

The 28-year-old Heintz narrowly missed a medal a few nights ago in that 200 IM, placing fourth in 1:56.86. He is a two-time LC European silver medalist in that event. He also placed sixth in Rio.

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Kit
1 year ago

Chase is now first alternate!

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  Kit
1 year ago

Does that comes with a better spectator seat in the stands?

Kit
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
1 year ago

Maybe we’ll see him waiting by the official to see if anyone doesn’t show up:)

Guy
Reply to  Kit
1 year ago

This is a world champ final, no chance

Thezwimmer
Reply to  Guy
1 year ago

Did you watch the men’s 1500 in 2015?

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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