Newcastle swimmer vows to save Olympic best for last

NEWCASTLE swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes has vowed to save his best until last after finishing seventh for the second time in an Olympic final.

Competing in the 200 metres men's freestyle at London on Monday night, the 20-year-old came home strongly to post a time of 1 minute 46:93 seconds.

The gold medal was won by Frenchman Yannick Angel in 1:43.14.

Korea's Taehwan Park and China's Yang Sun dead-heated for second with 1:44.93 and US superstar Ryan Lochte finished fourth with 1:45.04.

"It wasn't a PB tonight but there's four Olympic champions and four world record-holders in that event, so to race those guys is only going to be better for me in the next four years,'' Fraser-Holmes said after the race.

"I was so excited just to get out there and race and maybe I blew it a little bit.

"Maybe I cooked the first 50m, but I don't really mind about that.

"I just went out and gave it my all, and that was it tonight.

"I'm going to take it and put it in the bank for experience ... I'm really proud of myself, the way I've handled myself this meeting.

"I've just raced, not worried about what everyone else was doing. Just race my own race and got the results I did and I'm very pleased with that.''

Fraser-Holmes finished seventh in his strongest event, the 400-metre individual medley, on Saturday.

The 20-year-old has also been named in Australia's 4x200m freestyle team, who swim their heats at 8.02pm tonight AEST.

The rookie is expected to be rested from that heat to save him for the final at 5.51am tomorrow AEST.

After an impressive debut Olympics, he would like nothing more than to fly home from London with a medal in his luggage.

"That would tremendous,'' he said.

"I know the boys are all sitting there chomping at the bit just to get in there.

"All the guys have been waiting for this one event and hopefully I can go out there tomorrow night and set it alight again.''

Merewether's Angie Bainbridge, a gold medallist at the Beijing Olympics, will swim in the heats of the 4x200m women's freestyle at 8.26pm Wednesday AEST.

Meanwhile, Newcastle water polo ace Richie Campbell will feature prominently as Australia chase their first win in London against Kazakhstan, from 11.20pm tonight AEST.

The Sharks are desperate to bounce back from a disappointing first-up loss to world champions Italy.

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