Kira Toussaint Sets European 50 Back Record Of 27.18; Kamminga Goes 58.68 In 100br Heats

Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

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Kira Toussaint set a new European 50 backstroke record of 27.18 during the prelims of the Eindhoven Qualification Meet.

Great Britain’s Georgia Davies had held the previous continental mark of 27.21 since the 2018 European Championships from Glasgow.

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Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Toussaint had a previous best of 27.37 – also a Dutch record – from the Rotterdam Qualification Meet in December 2020.

On Saturday she sliced 0.19secs from her own PB and 0.03 from Davies’ record to write another entry into the history books.

The 26-year-old set the world short-course 50 backstroke record of 25.60 at the International Swimming League in November 2020, a time she subsequently matched a month later at the Amsterdam Christmas Meet.

Maaike de Waard was second in 27.73 with Ranomi Kromowidjojo next home in 28.20.

European governing body LEN posted to social media:


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Elsewhere in the prelims, Arno Kamminga went 58.68 (27.57/31.11) in the 100br.

The three-time European short-course champion set a new Dutch record of 26.80 in the 50br on Friday and returned to the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium on Saturday for theprelims.

Kamminga’s PB of 58.43 makes him fourth-fastest in history behind Adam Peaty (56.88), Ilya Shymanovich (58.29) and Nicolo Martinenghi (58.37).

Kamminga’s time this morning hints at a very speedy final and another rewriting of record books and rankings.

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