Arno Kamminga Unleashes 57.90 In 100 Breast; Becomes Second Man Through 58-Second Barrier

Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Editorial content for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games coverage is sponsored by GMX7.
See full event coverage. Follow GMX7 on Instagram at @GMX7training #gmx7


Arno Kamminga is now the second-fastest man over 100m breaststroke in history after he broke through the 58-second barrier in 57.90 at the Netherlands Team Time Trials in Eindhoven.

The three-time European short-course champion had shaved 0.01secs off his Dutch record to go 58.42 on Friday morning, also notable because of early finals come Tokyo.

The 25-year-old – who is coached by Mark Faber at the National Training Centre Amsterdam – returned in the evening to take 0.52secs off that time.

Splits: 26.99/30.91

With that he became the first swimmer after Adam Peaty to go 57, six years after the Briton first went 57.92 in April 2015.

An elated Kamminga told Swimming World:

“I am still over the moon that I was able to swim it here, on a training meet, while the rest for the Euros (European Championships) starts on Monday.

“I knew I had it in me for a while but just couldn’t put it together until now.

“I had a couple of races before today where I thought I could break that barrier but I got stuck with a 58 or 59.

“So I’m really happy that the stroke is finally coming together nicely.”

All-Time Rankings

56.88, Adam Peaty, 2019 World Championships

57.90, Arno Kamminga, 2021 Netherlands Time Trials

58.29, Ilya Shymanovich, 2019 FFN Golden Tour

58.37, Nicolo Martinenghi, 2021 Italian Championships

=58.46, James Wilby, 2019 World Championships

=58.46, Cameron van der Burgh, 2012 Olympic Games

Andre Cats, the technical director at the Dutch Swimming Federation (KNZB) posted to social media: saying: “This is what absolute world class looks like! @arnokamminga  swims into training competition @gem_Eindhoven  57.90 on 100m breaststroke and thus occupies second place in the world ranking ever.”

Kamminga’s time is the 15th fastest in history, a fortnight after Peaty had taken ownership of the top 20 with two 57s in one day – including 57.39 – at the British trials in London.

He goes in the 200br on Saturday in which he is one of five men inside 2:07 after going 2:06.85 in December.

Advertising: Shop At Swim360



Notify of

Welcome to our community. We invite you to join our discussion. Our community guidelines are simple: be respectful and constructive, keep on topic, and support your fellow commenters. Commenting signifies that you agree to our Terms of Use

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x