(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... Read More