Kira Toussaint Continues Record-Breaking Run With Dutch 100 Back Mark Of 58.65

Kira Toussaint: Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

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Kira Toussaint continued to rewrite the Dutch record books by lowering the national 100 back mark to 58.65 as the Eindhoven Qualification Meet wrapped up.

There was also a Dutch 50 fly record of 23.02 for Nyls Korstanje after he initially lowered it in the heats to 23.19.

The meet at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium gives swimmers the chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plus the European Championships in Budapest.

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Toussaint lowered her own national record to 58.74 in the heats, splitting 28.51/30.23 to take 0.17 off her previous mark of 58.91 from the Rotterdam Qualification Meet in December.

The five-time European short-course champion was back for the finals session to split 28.16/30.49 and to slice a further 0.09secs from her morning exploits.

Kira Toussaint

Kira Toussaint: Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Toussaint sits joint fourth European all-time – headed by Gemma Spofforth and her 58.12 from the 2009 World Championships with its super-suits chaos – and second in textile behind only Katinka Hosszu and the 58.45 that secured her gold at Rio 2016.

Britain’s Kathleen Dawson also went 58.65 at the British Swimming Invitation Meet in Manchester in March with the women sitting side by side atop the rankings in 2021.

Dawson will be racing at this weeks British Championships in London with trials season having already thrown up some storming prospects for Tokyo come July.

That time would have been good enough for silver in Rio and at London 2012 and would have secured gold at all previous Olympic Games.

It would also have earned silver at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.

That followed her exploits over 50m on Saturday where she twice lowered the European record, finishing the day on 27.10 and just 0.12 off the world record 26.98 set by China’s Liu Xiang at the 2018 Asian Games.

European Rankings All-Suits

1. 58.12, Gemma Spofforth, 2009 World Championships

2. 58.18, Anastasia Fesikova (nee Zueva), 2009 World Championships

3. 58.45, Katinka Hosszu, 2016 Olympic Games

=4. 58.65, Kira Toussaint, 2021 Eindhoven Qualification Meet

=4. 58.65, Kathleen Dawson, 2021 British Swimming Invitation Meet

Maaike de Waard was 1.3secs adrift in second in 59.95 with Laura Riedemann third in 1:00.04.

Bernhard Reitshammer of Austria won the men’s race, leading from the outset to stop the clock at 55.01 ahead of Björn Kammann (55.39) and Sašo Boškan (55.87).

Korstanje And Kromowidjojo Flying High


Nyls Korstanje Photo Courtesy: NC State Athletics

Korstanje returned after the disappointment of missing the Tokyo 100 fly cut by 0.01 to lower the 50 fly mark in heats to 23.19 before taking an almighty 0.17 slice in the final in 23.02.

Thom De Boer (23.58) and Thomas Verhoeven (23.67) were next home.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo was just 0.12 outside her national record of 25.24 in the women’s race, getting her hand to the wall first in 25.36 ahead of Femke Heemskerk (26.34) and Kim Busch (26.36).

Kamminga Wraps Up Meet With Third Title

Kamminga opened his meet with a Dutch record of 26.80 in the 50br before going 58.64 in the 100br.

Sunday morning brought a 200 prelim of 2:08.48 before he concluded his meet with a third title that was completely dominant.

Splits: 28.38/1:00.54/1:34.01/2:09.30

Speedy early swims – with Tokyo finals set to take place in the morning – apparently the order of the day for Kamminga who also went 58.68 in the 100 prelims.


Arno Kamminga; Photo Courtesy: Foto Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia /Insidefoto

Tes Schouten won the women’s race by almost seven seconds in 2:27.14 ahead of Madelijne Schothans who clocked 2:34.09.

Henning Mühlleitner came from third at halfway and second at 150 to win the men’s 200fr in 1:48.08 ahead of fellow German Poul Zellmann (1:48.28) with Maarten Brzoskowski (1:48.50) rounding out the podium.

Annika Bruhn won the women’s 200 free, heading the field all the way to stop the clock at 1:57.37 ahead of fellow German Marie Pietruschka (1:58.74) with Sharon van Rouwendaal adding bronze to her 200 back and 400 free golds in 1:59.56.

The 1500 free races were contested at the conclusion of the morning sesssion with Johanna Enkner taking the women’s race in 16:57.69.

Lars Bottelier took the men’s title in 15:38.58.

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