Kira Toussaint Ties Own World Record in 50 Back SCM; Kamminga Lowers Another Dutch Record (VIDEO)

Kira Toussaint
Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands tied her own world record in the 50 backstroke in short course meters in Amsterdam as she stopped the clock in 25.60, tying her exact time from last month’s International Swimming League semi final where she swam exactly that in breaking Etiene Medeiros’ record from 2014.

Toussaint was one of two swimmers in the race as Silke Huisman was second at 29.66. Toussaint also returned later in the session with a 25.62 and again with a 25.64, and then again with a 25.83. She is the first Dutch woman to hold the world record in the 50 backstroke and the first European since Croatia’s Sanja Jovanovic held the record for five years from 2009 – 2014.

Kira Toussaint also won the 100 backstroke with a 56.55 as she was a 55.68 during the ISL season


Women’s 50 Backstroke SCM World Record Progression (Last 20 Years)

  • =25.60, Kira Toussaint, NED, 2020
  • 25.60, Kira Toussaint, NED, 2020
  • 25.67, Etiene Medeiros, BRA, 2014
  • 25.70, Sanja Jovanović, CRO, 2009
  • 25.82, Zhao Jing, CHN, 2009
  • 26.08, Zhao Jing, CHN, 2009
  • 26.17, Marieke Guehrer, AUS, 2009
  • 26.23, Sanja Jovanović, CRO, 2008
  • 26.37, Sanja Jovanović, CRO, 2008
  • 26.50, Sanja Jovanović, CRO, 2008
  • 26.83, Li Hui, CHN, 2001
  • 27.25, Haley Cope, USA, 2000

Elsewhere in action, Arno Kamminga lowered yet another Dutch record, this time in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:01.43. Although he did not compete in the ISL, his time here would have put him third among the best times done during the season behind only German Marco Koch (2:00.58) and Russian Kirill Prigoda (2:01.20). Kamminga also raced the 100 with a 56.19 which would have been six among the ISL racers.

19-year-old Luc Kroon lowered the Dutch record in the 400 freestyle with a 3:39.84, taking down Maarten Brzoskowski’s record from 2016 of 3:39.91 as he was second in the race here at 3:41.08.

The quartet of Kenzo Simmons (53.19), Kamminga (55.57), Mathys Goosen (52.72) and Jesse Puts (47.08) broke the Dutch record in the 4×100 medley relay with an overall time of 3:28.56, erasing the 3:30.08 record from the 2008 World Championships.

Puts also won the 50 free in a 21.10 while Kroon won the 200 free at 1:42.88.

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