Arno Kamminga Breaks His Own Dutch Record in the 100 Breaststroke


24-year old Dutch breaststroker Arno Kamminga continued his electric run of performances over the last 18 months with another Dutch Record in the men’s 100 breaststroke.

Racing on Tuesday on day 1 of the 2020 FINA Champions Series in Shenzhen, Kamminga won the race in 58.61. That breaks his own Dutch Record of 58.65 that he swam on December 14th at the Amsterdam Swim Cup.

Comparative Splits:

50m 27.61 27.77 28.07
100m 31.37 30.88 30.54
Total Time 58.98 58.65 58.61

China’s Yan Zibei jumped out to the early lead with a 27.54 opening 50, with Kamminga over a half-second back in 28.07. However, Kamminga stormed back in 30.54 to run down Yan and win the race in addition to resetting a National Record.

While only a .04 second drop, that time moves Kamminga up three spots in the all-time rankings in the 100 breaststroke, including jumping Yan Zibei.

All-Time Top Performers, Men’s 100 LCM Breaststroke:

  1. Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 56.88
  2. Ilya Shymanovich, Belarus – 58.29
  3. Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa – 58.46
  4. James Wilby, Great Britain, 58.46
  5. Brenton Rickard, Australia – 58.58
  6. Arno Kamminga, Netherlands – 58.61
  7. Yan Zibei, China – 58.63
  8. (TIE) Hugues Duboscq, France & Kevin Cordes, USA – 58.64
  9. Igor Borysik, Ukraine – 58.67

Kamminga is the defending European Short Course Champion in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Entering June of 2018, the Dutch Record in the long course 100 breaststroke was a 59.50 that was set almost 10 years prior in 2009 in a super suit. Since that time, Kamminga has been under 59.50 in 14 separate swims, including breaking the Dutch Record five times. He currently holds the Dutch Record in all six individual men’s breaststroke events (50, 100, and 200 in both long course meters and short course meters).

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1 year ago

Looking how dense results are from #2 to #10 of best performers in the history of this event one can easily come to the conclusion that that is where human limits are. And then, BOOM!!!!… Almost 2.5% ahead Adam Peaty. What is the secret? Where is the answer? Mutant? Or there is some unique technique that nobody can replicate?

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Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

For the freestyle events it would be like someone going 45 while the rest of the crowd is stuck at 47 still. Absolute insanity.

1 year ago

Interesting that his first 50 is now 4 tenths slower, looks like a lot of time is gained just because of changing his race strategy.

Lane 8
1 year ago

Is he rested? What do you think can he go this summer?

Reply to  Lane 8
1 year ago

He has never dropped that much for rest or taper, but he doesn’t really need to at this point. Find a couple tenths and he’s in the medals imo.

Reply to  Lane 8
1 year ago

It’s hard to say. Given that he’s been 48 3 times in the last 6 weeks, hard to imagine he’s just pulling a taper along for all of that time…

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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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