ZUMO Performance of the Week: Arno Kamminga Solidifies Olympic Berth With 58.6 100 Breast at Amsterdam Cup

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Arno Kamminga - 100m breaststroke gold for the Orange - at European Short-Course Championships in Glasgow Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

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This week’s ZUMO Performance of the Week goes to Dutch breaststroker Arno Kamminga for his 58.65 100 breast at the Amsterdam Cup. Kamminga qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games with his swim, solidifying his spot on his first Olympic team for next year. The 24-year-old moved up to fifth in the world for the 2019 calendar year, blowing his World Championships swims out of the water where he didn’t even qualify for the final in Gwangju.

Kamminga’s time of 58.65 would have been fourth at the World Championships in July, just 0.02 away from bronze medal winner Yan Zibei of China. Kamminga was 13th at Worlds with a 59.4 in the semi finals. His 100 breast performance was also a new Dutch record as he lowered his own record of 58.98 from the FINA World Cup in November.

Kamminga has enjoyed a nice autumn since the World Championships, improving on his best times at the World Cup circuit across Europe and Asia. He also won both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the beginning of the month at the European Short Course Championships in Glasgow. He also won the 200 breaststroke this weekend in Amsterdam with a 2:08.02, just off his best time of 2:07.9.

He said: “Here in the Sloterparkbad (Kamminga’s home pool) I know every tile. I have gained a lot of confidence in Glasgow.

“At World Cups, not everything was great and not all the top players are present. In Scotland it was different of course.”

His coach Mark Faber added: “To be honest, it doesn’t surprise me. He enters here as a European champion and has simply taken his good form and confidence with him.”

Kamminga enters 2020 as a medal prospect in the 100 breaststroke. Congrats to Arno Kamminga on winning the ZUMO Performance of the Week!

Top 10 Performers For 2019 Calendar Year (Men’s 100 Breast)

  1. 56.88, Adam Peaty, GBR
  2. 58.29, Ilya Shymanovich, BLR
  3. 58.46, James Wilby, GBR
  4. 58.63, Yan Zibei, CHN
  5. 58.65, Arno Kamminga, NED
  6. 58.75, Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA
  7. 58.85, Huseyin Sakci, TUR
  8. 58.89, Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN
  9. 58.93, Andrew Wilson, USA
  10. 58.94, Anton Chupkov, RUS

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