Kamminga Goes 2:07.71 Over 200 After Historic 57 In 100Br; Korstanje Sets Dutch 100 Fly Record

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
Arno Kamminga: Photo Courtesy: ANP, Robin van Lonkhuizen

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Arno Kamminga returned from his maiden voyage through the 58-second barrier in the 100 breaststroke to go 2:07.71 over 200m at the Netherlands Team Time Trials.

There was also a Dutch 100 fly record of 51.65 in the morning for Nyls Korstanje as he eclipsed Joeri Verlinden‘s previous mark  of 51.75 which had stood since 2012.

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Kamminga became just the second man in history to swim two lengths of breaststroke in less than 58 seconds when he went 57.90 on Friday.

Arno Kamminga

Photo Courtesy: Kees-Jan van Overbeeke, KNZB

On Monday, the 25-year-old will begin to rest and taper for the European Championships in Budapest later this month where world record-holder Adam Peaty awaits.

Ilya Shymanovich – until Friday the second-fastest man in history in 58.29 – and Nicolo Martinenghi, who stands fourth all-time after his 58.37 at the Italian Championships last month, will also line up for a fascinating 100br at the Duna Arena.

As well as writing his own line in the 100br record books, Kamminga is one of just five men who have gained entry to the 2:06 club in the 200 after going 2:06.85 in December.

The three-time European short-course champion returned to the water on Saturday morning to go 2:08.57.

Come the evening and he delivered the fifth-fastest time of his career in 2:07.71 and third in the world this year.

Splits: 29.31/1:02.14 (32.83)/1:35.19 (33.05)/2:07.71 (32.52)

If the 100 is set to be a battle royale in Budapest, the 200 is also poised to be a fascinating tussle.

Kamminga will face world record-holder Anton Chupkov, three years after the Russian set what was then a continental mark of 2:06.80 en-route to gold at the 2018 Europeans in Glasgow in which the Netherlands swimmer was seventh in 2:09.87.

Glasgow silver medallist James Wilby, Kirill Prigoda, Ross Murdoch and Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin also await.

Korstanje Flies Away; Toussaint Goes Back To Back


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Korstanje missed out on Olympic qualification by an agonising 0.01 despite setting a PB of 51.93 at the Eindhoven Qualification Meet last month.

The 22-year-old does have another chance in Budapest and on Saturday morning he absolutely took that time apart in 51.65.

Splits: 23.75/51.65 (27.90)

Although it’s not a qualification meet, it will offer Korstanje confidence come the hour where he must match or get inside 51.92 to book a trip to Tokyo.

Kira Toussaint twice went 58 over 100 back with a 58.92 effort in the morning followed by 58.87 in the evening.

Jesse Puts stopped the clock at 22.14 in the 50 free with Kim Busch going 54.90 over 100 free.


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