At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Adelaide, Thomas Fraser-Holmes won the 400m Individual Medley in impressive fashion. On the first night of competition he smashed Justin Norris' eight year Australian record by over three seconds (4:11.81). Two nights later he defended his 200m freestyle title from 2011 and swam a personal best time (1:46.88).
Making his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games, Fraser-Holmes finished seventh in the finals of both the 400m individual medley and 200m freestyle. He was also fifth as a part of the Australian 4 x 200m freestyle team that missed out on the medal dais by 0.7secs.
Four years later Fraser-Holmes qualified for his Games and was the first swimmer to book a spot on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team when he claimed his seventh straight national 400m individual medley title (4:11.09) on the first night of 2015 Nationals. In a performance which brought down the house at the trials, Fraser-Holmes went on to secure a spot in the men’s 200m freestyle with a thrilling dead heat for gold with fellow Rio teammate Cam McEvoy in 1:45.63.
The Newcastle-born swimmer joined David McKeon, Dan Smith and Mack Horton in the 4x200m freestyle final where the team just missed out on a podium position.
After finishing fifth in their heat, the quartet put in a gutsy effort in the final. Not leaving anything to chance, Fraser-Holmes took it out fast and led for the majority of the first leg, managing to split a 1:45.81. Horton anchored the team home and split a sizzling 1:45.37, touching an agonising 0.68 outside the medal positions in fourth with a total time of 7:04.18.
In his individual events, Fraser-Holmes finished sixth in both his semi-final of the 200m freestyle and the 400m individual medley final.