Arno Kamminga To Miss World Short-Course Championships As Netherlands Announce 16-Strong Team

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
Arno Kamminga: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Arno Kamminga To Miss World Short-Course Championships As Netherlands Announce 16-Strong Team

A 16-strong Netherlands team has been announced for the World Short-Course Championships in Melbourne next month although double Olympic silver medallist Arno Kamminga will not be among them.

The team comprises nine women and seven men and features the likes of Marrit Steenbergen, who won four golds among an overall medal haul of seven at the European Championships in August and Kira Toussaint and Nyls Korstanje, who were both part of the mixed medley relay that won the title in Rome.

The team – a mix of youth and experience – will contest 11 of the 12 relays at the meet which runs from 13-18 December.

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Marrit Steenbergen: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli/DeepBlue Media

National team coach Mark Faber explained that he and Kamminga agreed the swimmer would sit it out after he hadn’t recovered sufficiently from the exertions of worlds and Europeans to return for the new season.

As a result Kamminga didn’t attend the first training camp at altitude in Flagstaff nor the World Cup matches which are now concluding at the third and final leg in Indianapolis.

With the benefit of hindsight, Faber acknowledged the 27-year-old undertook too heavy a competition schedule following Tokyo – where he won silver in the 100 and 200 breaststroke – which included the ISL, World Cup and World and European Short-Course Championships.

Kamminga won silver in the 100 breaststroke and bronze in the mixed medley at the worlds in Budapest in June but withdrew from the 200 semis with illness.

He then had Covid and, Faber now thinks, hadn’t recovered sufficiently by the time the Europeans came around where he was seventh in the 100br and withdrew from the 200 after winning gold in the mixed medley.

Faber told knzb.nl:

“Arno is now well on the way back to his old level at which he can compete for the medals.

“However, the goal is to get even better and go for gold.

“In our ‘winning’ plan, the World Championship short course in Melbourne – including the arduous journey and jet lag – comes just too early.

“That is why the focus from now on is on the World Championships long-course in Fukuoka (July 2023) and Doha (February 2024) and the Paris Games. He must and will be at his very best there!” 

Women: 

Valerie van Roon (50 free), Kira Toussaint (100 and 200 back), Maaike de Waard (100 back, 100 butterfly), Marrit Steenbergen (100 and 200 free, 200 and 400IM), Tes Schouten (100 and 200 breaststroke), Kim Busch (50 and 100 free), Silke Holkenberg (400 free), Imani de Jong (400 free) and Tessa Vermeulen (200 back)

Men:

Thom de Boer (50 free), Kenzo Simons (50 free), Stan Pijnenburg (100 and 200 free), Nyls Korstanje (100 free and 100 butterfly), Luc Kroon (200, 400 and 800 free), Caspar Corbeau (100 and 200 breaststroke) and Thomas Jansen (400IM)

 

 

 

 

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