GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 29: Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia competes in the Men's 200m Individual Medley Heat 3 at Tollcross International Swimming Centre during day six of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 29, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 29: Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia competes in the Men's 200m Individual Medley Heat 3 at Tollcross International Swimming Centre during day six of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 29, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Hannah Peters

Golden swimmer fights to be Pan Pacific champ

Bring it on. Again.

That is the mentality Australia's golden boy Thomas Fraser-Holmes will be taking into the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast, starting next Thursday.

The 22-year-old is ready to rumble with the world's best, after an unforgettable Commonwealth Games meet in Glasgow which netted him two gold medals and a silver.

Fraser-Holmes' efforts there were heroic, overhauling Australia's rising star Cameron McEvoy on the last lap to win the 200m freestyle final.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Silver medallist Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's 400m Individual Medley Final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre during day two of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 25, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Silver medallist Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's 400m Individual Medley Final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre during day two of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 25, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) Alex Livesey

He then produced a stunning final 50m effort to take home silver in the 400m individual medley - both races were in the space of an hour.

And if that wasn't enough, the Gold Coast resident went on to produce a rousing performance in the 4x200m freestyle relay final, overhauling the Scots with his anchoring swim.

Fraser-Holmes said racing in front of his big Gold Coast fan base would mean all the fatigue from Glasgow would soon be forgotten.

"I'm genuinely excited. Two international meets back-to-back. You can't ask for much more than that," Fraser-Holmes told APN.

"The US guys have just finished their trials and they'll be ready to go."

Not that the prospect of racing against American legend Michael Phelps, or his star teammates Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer, bothers Fraser-Holmes.

"My time (of 1min45.08sec in the 200m freestyle final at Glasgow) is the fastest in the world right now," he said.

"But that was two weeks ago, so I'll need to be on my game.

"I won't be able to take it easy during the heats."

 

Swimming in front of packed houses and being the anchor for the 200m relay team won't fluster Fraser-Holmes either, who listens to Bob Marley before his races to stay relaxed.

"Being able to execute under pressure when we were behind in the relay, with the crowd going crazy for Scotland, was really satisfying," he said.

"All the nights at the Pan Pacs are going to be sold out, so it's going to be special to race in front of so many people."

And the schedule should suit Fraser-Holmes even better this time around, with the 200m freestyle and 400m individual medley finals not to be held on the same night.

Not that that would bother the unflappable Newcastle-born youngster either.

"After the 200m final (in Glasgow) I was rushed straight to the presentation. There was no swim-down. The 400m individual medley was my swim-down," Fraser Holmes said.

"But that sort of experience will hold me in good stead for Rio (Olympics) in 2016."



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