Arno Kamminga Becomes First-Ever Dutchman In 58-Second 100 Breast Land


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Immediately after Hungarian Katinka Hosszu wrapped up her 300th elite international gold medal, Dutchman Arno Kamminga made history for his own nation at the Kazan Aquatics Palace.

Competing in the men’s 100m breaststroke tonight in Kazan at the FINA World Cup, 23-year-old Kamminga fired off a time of 58.98 to take silver and become the Netherlands’ first-ever sub-59 second man in the event.

Entering this FINA World Cup stop, Kamminga’s personal best and Dutch national record in the 1breast stood at the 59.05 he logged at the Budapest stop of this year’s circuit. Splits for the man there included 27.80/31.31 to bring him on the brink of breaking the 59-second threshold.

Flash forward to this morning’s prelims and Kamminga was well on his way to top speed, already nailing a morning swim of 59.11 to lead the pack.

Tonight, with Russia’s Anton Chupkov setting the ferocious pace, Kamminga kept at his hip and went out in 27.61, bringing it home in 31.37 to get under the 59-second mark with a new Dutch national record of 58.98. For perspective, that time would have placed Kammninga 5th in this year’s World Championships final.

Chupkov wound up taking the gold in tonight’s race just .04 ahead of Kamminga in 58.94, while Japan’s national record holder Yasuhiro Koseki rounded out the top 3 in 59.23.


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3 years ago

Congratulations Arno!

3 years ago

I’ll say it now and I’ll say it again, he’s a dark horse medal threat for Tokyo

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3 years ago

Kamminga has been on a tear recently

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