Merewether swimmer into second Olympic final

NEWCASTLE swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes has qualified for his second final at the London Olympics.

"I'm absolutely over the moon," Fraser-Holmes said.

"I could have swum better but first Olympics and I made two finals so it's just unreal."

After finishing seventh in the 400-metre individual medley on Saturday, the 20-year-old from Merewether snared the eighth and final place in the 200m freestyle medal race.

The rookie Olympian finished 13th of the 16 semi-finalists with a time of 1 minute 47. 50 seconds but upped the ante in the semi, clocking 1:46.80.

"I had a lot of energy for the start and I wasn't going to save it for the end because I knew those guys come home hard," Fraser-Holmes said.

"I had a plan - go out hard and try and hang on and that's the way I like to swim."

The final will be held on Tuesday at 4.43am AEST.

After his two individual events, Fraser-Holmes will also race in the heats of the 4x200m freestyle, which will be held on Tuesday, 8pm, AEST.

Racing in lane six in his heat, Fraser-Holmes was not happy with his time and vowed to improve his time in the semi. He proved as good as his word.

"I've been training for this and I think I've got maybe another half a second up my sleeve," he said.

Merewether's Angie Bainbridge, a gold medallist at Beijing four years ago, will contest the 4x200m relay heats on Wednesday.

Fraser-Holmes into semis

Newcastle swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes is eyeing his second Olympic final after qualifying for the semis of the 200 metre men's freestyle in London on Sunday.

Racing in lane six, the 20-year-old from Merewether qualified 13th of 16 after finishing fifth in his heat with a time of 1 minute 47. 50 seconds, 0.90 sec behind winner Yannick Angel, of France.

Australian teammate Kenrick Monk (1:46.94) placed third in the same heat.

The top qualifier was China's Yang Sun with 1:46.24.

Fraser-Holmes, competing in his first Olympics, finished seventh in the 4x100m individual medley on Saturday.

He said he felt fatigued after his efforts 24 hours earlier but was confident he could improve his time in the semi, which will be raced at 4.37am Monday AEST.

The final will be held on Tuesday at 4.43am AEST.

"I'm definitely looking forward to tonight,'' Fraser-Holmes said.

"It was tough waking up this morning. My plan was just to make the semi-final and I knew it would be a tough ask this morning but I got the job done.

"I was a bit fatigued after yesterday. Two really hard 400s in one day will take it out of you.

"But I've trained for this. This is what I've trained for, and no excuses tonight.''

Fraser-Holmes said a time of around 1:46 would get him into his second gold medal race of the meet.

"I'll go home, freshen up, shave down a bit more and come back for a night-time swim and give it all hell, basically,'' he said.

"I was thinking this morning it would be nice to make two finals, but in saying that I've got a semi-final tonight and I'm just looking for a PB ... I think mentally and physically I'm getting more stronger and more capable of competing at international meets.''

After his two individual events, Fraser-Holmes will also race in the heats of the 4x200m freestyle, which will be held on Tuesday, 8pm, AEST.

Merewether's Angie Bainbridge, a gold medallist at Beijing four years ago, will contest the 4x200m relay heats on Wednesday.

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