Arno Kamminga Goes 59.24 Over 100m Breaststroke In Amsterdam Time Trial

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Arno Kamminga: Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Arno Kamminga went 59.24 in a 100m breaststroke time trial in Amsterdam to again underline the breakthrough that has seen him propel himself to the upper echelons of world swimming.

The Netherlands record holder was out in 27.86 and back in 31.38 and posted on social media: “Blessed to be back in the pool. Solid race after a tough week. #teamnl”

The time was quicker than both his performances at last year’s World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, where he clocked 59.39 and 59.49, finishing 13th overall.

The 24-year-old is back training in the Dutch capital after time out of the water because of the coronavirus lockdown in the Netherlands.

Kamminga is coached by Mark Faber at the National Training Centre in Amsterdam and earlier this year became the third-fastest man over 100m breaststroke in history when he clocked 58.43 at the Antwerp Diamond Race.

Kamminga’s 100m best at 21 was 1:01.24 but now he sits only behind Adam Peaty – on a best of 56.88 – and Ilya Shymanovich (58.29) and ahead of James Wilby and Cameron van der Burgh (both with bests of 58.46).

He followed that up with a 2:07.18 blast over 200m to become the second-fastest European in history, bettered only by Russia’s Anton Chupkov, world champion and world record holder.

In an interview with Swimming World following his double Antwerp blast and before the postponement of Tokyo 2020, Kamminga underlined his commitment to longevity and was confident he could deal with whatever action was taken regarding the Games.

He said:

“I know I can swim fast and I know I can switch fast if I have to. Let’s see how others can handle and cope with maybe a cancellation or later in the year.”

On the eve of his return to the water, Kamminga spoke of his confidence in continuing to make big strides, saying:

“I’m taking bigger steps than the rest, much bigger steps. I’m sure I can go on with those steps. So I think the rest is more scared than I am.”

 

 

 

 

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  1. How long has he been out of the water, and when did he start back? That’s quite a performance after an extended break.

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