Arno Kamminga Becomes 6th Fastest 200 Breaststroker Ever With 2:07.18

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March 08th, 2020 News

2020 ANTWERP DIAMOND RACE

Just as 24-year-old Arno Kamminga dropped his newly-minted lifetime best and Dutch national record in the 100m breast between yesterday’s prelims and finals, the man accomplished the same feat here on day 2 of the Antwerp Diamond Race in the 200m breast.

After firing off the fastest time of his career with a monster 2:07.54 this morning, the two-time 2019 European Short Course Champion busted out a time of 2:07.18 to easily take 200m breast gold in Belgium.

Entering this meet, Kamminga held the Dutch national record with his 2:07.96 last October at the FINA World Cup stop in Budapest. That means the Dutchman found a way to hack .78 off of his best-ever performance to bring himself closer to the 2:07 threshold than ever before.

Splits for his 2 performances today include the following:

Old Record of 2:07.54 – 1:01.46/1:06.08

New Record of 2:07.18 – 1:01.58/1:05.60

And, just like that, Kamminga rockets himself up from slot #19 to slot #6 among all-time top 200m breast performers worldwide, all-time, tying Japan’s Yashuhiro Koseki.

#1 – 2:06.12 Anton Chupkov RUS 7/26/2019 Gwangju
#2 – 2:06.67 Ippei Watanabe JPN 10th Tokyo Swimming Championships 1/27/2017 Tokyo
#2 – 2:06.67 Matthew Wilson AUS 7/25/2019 Gwangju
#4 – 2:07.01 Akihiro Yamaguchi JPN 67th Japan National Sports Festival – Swimming Com 9/15/2012 Gifu
#5 – 2:07.17 Josh Prenot USA 2016 Olympic Trials 6/30/2016 Omaha
#6 – 2:07.18 Yasuhiro KosekiArno Kamminga JPN/NED 2020 Antwerp Diamond Challenge 4/13/2017 & 03/08/2020 Aichi/Antwerp

Kamminga now takes over the season’s world rankings throne as well, overtaking Aussie Zac Stubblety-Cook‘s 2:07.28 from December.

2019-2020 LCM MEN 200 BREAST

ArnoNED
Kamminga
03/07
2:07.18
2Zac
Stubblety-Cook
AUS2:07.2812/14
3Shoma
Sato
JPN2:07.5801/24
4Anton
Chupkov
RUS2:07.7111/03
5Andrew
Wilson
USA2:07.7708/04
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IM FAN
8 months ago

Man the breaststroke revolution just never ends… this time he swam in season would’ve won any Olympics ever and it wouldn’t have even won a medal at last years worlds…

Also you listed Koseki and Kamminga as joint #5 but you have Wilson and Watanabe listed as #2 and #3 even though the times are the same.

Jkj
8 months ago

200 Breast is gonna be 🔥

Jeff
8 months ago

This event looks so exciting. 5 or 6 men could medal in Tokyo. May be the most exciting event in terms of depth on men’s side.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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