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Fraser-Holmes disqualified from 400m freestyle at the Australian swimming championships

April 26, 2013
 Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the water. Source: AAP

Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the water. Source: AAP

Gold Coast rising star Thomas Fraser-Holmes suffered an Ian Thorpe moment of drama on the opening day of competition at the Australian swimming championships in Adelaide today.

Fraser-Holmes flopped into the pool as he desperately tried to avoid a false start for the men’s 400m freestyle event.

It was the identical event and similar fall to what Thorpe suffered at the 2004 Olympic trials in Sydney.

Fraser-Holmes, a 200m freestyle finalist at the 2012 London Olympics, fell into the pool and was automatically disqualified from the race.

The 21-year-old had been considered a strong contender for the event having made giant leaps forward in freestyle over the past few years.

Reigning champion David McKeon qualified fastest for tonight’s final in 3:47.35, just ahead of Gold Coast’s Jordan Harrison (3:48.46) and Olympic finalist Ryan Napoleon (3:53.14).

Five-times Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts made a strong start to her 2013 campaign, cruising into the semi-finals of her two pet events the 100m butterfly and 200m medley.

Coutts was quickest in the 100m butterfly heats in 58.74s, ahead of Melbourne based former Brit Ellen Gandy (58.79s) and Brisbane’s Brittany Elmslie (59.25s).

She then returned to the pool later in the morning to cruise into the semi-final of the 200m medley in fourth place with a time of 2:15.41, behind backstroke star Emily Seebohm (2:13.78).

“I didn’t want to go too hard this morning obviously the semis are really close tonight. I only had to make top 16,” she said.

“I feel fine in the water. I will just go faster tonight and then faster tomorrow night.

“The first event is always the hardest I find because you don’t know how you’re going to feel. It’s good to get that first one out of the way.”

Olympic silver medallist Christian Sprenger opened his meet with a reasonably slick 100m breaststroke time of 59.76s.

In other heats this morning Kylie Palmer (4:08.93) qualified fastest for the women’s 400m freestyle final and Cameron McEvoy (23.94s) led the way in the 50m butterfly.

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