Thomas Fraser-Holmes Clocks Fastest 400 IM Since 2016


The women’s 50m freestyle on the penultimate in Stockholm saw Sarah Sjostrom produce a stellar 23.91, while teammate Michelle Coleman crunched a new 24.79 personal best of her own. You can read more about that speedy race in a separate post here.

German athlete Phillip Heintz wowed the Stockholm crowd this morning with a monster personal best 400m IM time of 4:14.27 to lay waste to the prelims field and land lane 4 for tonight’s final. Entering this meet, Heintz’s previous career-fastest was 4:16.91, so the 28-year-old lowered that clocking by over 2 seconds. That sub-4:17 effort was clocked at this same meet 2 years ago.

Heintz opted out of tonight’s final, which left Australia’s lone Nordic Tour swimmer, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, a clean pool in which the Olympic finalist could work.

Lurking as the 5th seed out of the heats with a laid back mark of 4:24.04, TFH turned it on tonight to crank out a winning effort of 4:14.32. That’s the 27-year-old’s fastest time since Rio and another monumental step in his return to the pool.

Last year Fraser-Holmes had complete his 12-month ban for having missed 3 random drug tests over a 12-month period. Officially cut-off from the Dolphins national team both financially and training-wise, Fraser-Holmes began training again alone in December 2017 after having taken 6 months off.

He redeemed himself with a silver medal in the SCM version of this 400m IM at the 2018 Short Course World Championships in in Hangzhou.

TFH now ranks 8th in the world with his swim tonight, whiel Heintz’s performance checks the German in as the 7th fastest.

Of note, Slovakia’s Richard Nagy hit a World Championships qualifying time, producing a silver medal effort of 4:15.97 behind the Australian tonight.

21-year-old Olympian Leonie Beck of Germany cranked out a winning time of 4:07.06 in the women’s 400m freestyle. The 2018 European Championships open water medalist slashed over a second off of her PB, laying waste to her previous career-fastest of 4:08.87 from 2015.

Beck’s outing dips under the World Championships qualifying mark, as does runner-up Reva Foos 4:08.22 and Sarah Kohler‘s 4:08.07. Kohler has already been much faster with the 4:05.74 from last week’s Halle Swim Fest that ranks her 8th in the world.

Olympic silver medalist in the men’s 100m free event, Pieter Timmers of Belgium, mustered a time of 49.05 to take the gold here in Stockholm, in an overall underwhelming final.

Germany’s Christoph Fildebrandt punched 49.15 for silver, while teammate Josha Salchow produced 49.30 to tie Mathias Zander Rysgaard for bronze.

Belgian swimmer Louis Croenen came away with a meet record in the men’s 200 fly, taking the gold in a mark of 1:56.58. That indeed clears the FINA A cut of 1:56.71 need for the World Championships. He holds the Belgian National Record in 1:55.39 from way back in 2015.

Wining by about 5 seconds in the women’s 200m IM event, Hungarian Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu threw down a meet record of her own. The Iron Lady registered a winning mark of 2:09.76 to sweep the IM events here in Stockholm.

Additional Winners:

  • Stina Kahsa Colleou took the women’s 200m breast in 2:27.27.
  • Germany’s Christian Diener won the men’s 100m back in 54.73.

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3 years ago

Some “corrections”:
1) Köhler didn’t swim 4:05 this season, it must have been last season.
2) The German standard in the women’s 400 free is 4:07.50, so only Beck was under that standard. Köhler might still swim the 400 free, since she is qualified in other events and so far Beck is the only German athlete with the standard in the 400 free.

You can find all the German standards here:

Reply to  AnEn12
3 years ago

Yes, you are correct and sorry about that Retta – it has been rectified.

3 years ago

Cute…but 4:14 is nothing to write home about…

Reply to  Really
3 years ago

It may get you into an outside lane of the finals at Worlds but no guarantee. As it is, he’s no guarantee of being selected in this event as both Larkin and Smith swam similar times last week at Natls. Having said that, this is his best avenue for individual selection as the 200fr looks likely to be a mad scramble and it will be highly competitive to even snag a 4×200 relay spot.

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

Larkin won’t compete 4im internationally.
So the domestic rivarly would come from Smith, Clyde Lewis (favourite) and maybe David Schilit.

Reply to  DRAMA KING
3 years ago

Think you could be right re Larkin not swimming it at Worlds, mainly included him on the score of the times at Nats and putting TFH’s swim in perspective with regards to what he’s up against atm. Fully agree Lewis is very much part of the equation and I would not be surprised to see him win the selection event; what we don’t have at this time is any time as a current point of reference. Think selection for this event looks to be race in 3 between Lewis, TFH & Smith; the QT of 4.15.69 should be met/bettered by at least 2 of that trio with Larkin the X factor if he swims it.

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

1) If I didn’t miss something, then that time would’ve been enough to make the finals at every worlds ever except for 2009 (supersuit).
2) Why would anyone feel the need to belittle this time? This is an in season time in a non-olympic year, by a standard like that 99 % of all times we saw in Richmond last week were “cute”, but I still saw a dozen guys freaking out about a 1:47 200 free by Dressel, a time that is barely fast enough to make the semifinal at any global competition.

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