About Anders Holmertz
Anders Holmertz (born 1 December 1968 in Motala) is a Swedish retired swimmer who was a leader in freestyle (200 and 400 meters) races in the 1980s and at the beginning of 1990s, though often missing personal success. He also settled a record in the 400 m freestyle. He is the brother of another Swedish swimmer, Mikael Holmertz.
His first appearance at Olympic Games is in 1984 at Los Angeles, at the age of sixteen. Holmertz missed the final of 200 m freestyle, with the time of 1:51.70. He scored his first international medal at the European Championships of Sofia one year later, arriving 3rd in the 4×200 m freestyle relay.
Homertz's achieved his main success at the next edition of European Championship, winning 200 m freestyle with the time of 1:48.44, beating rising Italian star Giorgio Lamberti. At Seoul he was the favourite in this race but surprisingly finished second behind Duncan Armstrong. Also a relative failure was the next European Championship, where Holmertz was only third in the 200 m freestyle.
After a series of fourth places, he trained well for the 1992 Summer Olympics. After a startling battery series, Holmertz was second in the 200 m behind the Russian surprise Yevgeny Sadovyi and third in the 400 m, again beat by Sadovyi and by Kieren Perkins. Holmertz won another silver medal in 4×200 m freestyle relay, the best result ever for his national team.
At the 1993 European Championship Holmertz won bronze medal in the 200 m and silver medal in the 400 m, both in freestyle. At the 1994 World Championship in Rome Holmertz finally won a gold medal, in the 4×200 m freestyle, plus a solo second place in the 200 m. His last success was a silver medal in the 4×200 m freestyle relay at Atlanta in 1996, after a 5th place in the 200 m solo race.