Arno Kamminga Completes Breaststroke Clean Sweep In Eindhoven: Eyes ‘Epic’ 2022

short course world championships KAMMINGA Arno NED 100m Breaststroke Men Heats Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates 16/12/2021 Etihad Arena FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Photo Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Double Olympic silver medallist Arno Kamminga completed a breaststroke clean sweep at the Eindhoven Swim Meet and looked forward to an “epic” 2022 which takes in world and European Championships.

Kamminga, who won treble silver at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, was more than four seconds clear in the 200m to win in 2:10.02 on Saturday.

The 27-year-old opened his programme with 58.52 in the 100 breaststroke on Thursday which followed a 58.89 in the heats.

Kamminga enjoyed a comfortable win in the 50br in 27.21 the following day.

Confirming he would compete at both the World and European Championships, Kamminga told Swimming World:

“Yes for sure. Budapest and Rome. Going to be epic!

“I can’t wait to get back on the blocks and race everyone again.”

Kamminga Posts Eye-Catching Time

ROTTERDAM - Arno Kamminga tijdens de 200 meter schoolslag in de finales tijdens de Rotterdam Qualification Meet waar gestreden wordt om een ticket voor de Olympische Spelen van Tokio. ANP ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

Photo Courtesy: ANP, Robin van Lonkhuizen

His 100br time ranks joint ninth in the Netherlands swimmer’s career, matching his performance at the Antwerp Diamond Speedo Race in March 2020 and at the Swim Meet Amsterdam in July 2021, weeks before he won silver in Tokyo.

Later that day just under two years ago, Kamminga lowered what was then his PB to 58.43 as he went third all-time.

It is by some way the quickest in the fledgling 2022 rankings, dislodging Tokyo bronze medallist Nicolo Martinenghi and his 1:00.09 in January in Geneva.

Kamminga became only the second man to go through the 58-second barrier when he stopped the clock at 57.90 at the Netherlands Team Time Trials in April last year.

He went on to go inside 58 once more in Tokyo, registering 57.80 in the heats.

Adam Peaty – the only man through the 57 timewarp in 56.88 – will take to the water with Kamminga at two major meets in less than seven weeks.

The swimming programme at the World Championships in Budapest runs from 8-25 June before the pair renew acquaintance six weeks and five days later at the European Championships in Rome from 11-17 August.

Peaty also has the Commonwealth Games following Budapest with the Tokyo silver and bronze medallists awaiting at the Foro Italico.

Elsewhere, Jesse Puts won the men’s 100 free in 49.61 ahead of Stan Pijnenburg (49.86) and Luc Kroon (50.16).

A new era of women’s freestyle swimming has been ushered in following the retirements of Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Femke Heemskerk.

Marrit Steenbergen won the two-length event in 54.73.


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