Arjan Knipping Takes Almost Two Seconds Off Dutch Record In Men’s 400 IM


Arjan Knipping was a surprise winner in the fifth and final heat of the men’s 400 IM, finishing in a time of 4:13.46 from out in lane eight for a new Dutch National Record.

The 24-year-old’s swim takes down the previous mark of 4:15.38, held jointly by him and the now-National Training Centre Eindhoven Head Coach Marcel Wouda.

Woulda swam the time back at the 1997 European Championships, winning gold, and then Knipping tied it in April at the Swim Cup – Eindhoven.


Relative to his previous best, Knipping split this swim near identically the entire way. The biggest difference came on the freestyle, where he was 1.54 seconds faster than he was earlier in the year.

Knipping, 2019 Swim Cup-Eindhoven Knipping, 2019 Worlds
26.41 26.44
57.13 (30.72) 57.23 (30.79)
1:30.73 (33.60) 1:30.49 (33.26)
2:03.19 (32.46) 2:02.74 (32.25)
2:37.68 (34.49) 2:37.58 (34.84)
3:13.27 (35.59) 3:12.89 (35.31)
3:44.67 (31.40) 3:43.88 (30.99)
4:15.38 (30.71) 4:13.46 (29.58)

He advances through to the final in second, trailing two-time World Champion Daiya Seto (4:12.27). Jay Litherland of the U.S. sits third, joining Knipping sub-4:14 in 4:13.78.

The biggest surprise of the prelims was that defending gold medalist Chase Kalisz missed the final. The third-fastest performer in history swam a time of 4:15.62, placing 10th.

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Lorenz Yeboah
1 year ago

Fantastic achievement by Arjan, my warmest congratulations to him and his coach!!
Lorenz Yeboah

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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