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

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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.

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