Arno Kamminga Crushes 58.52 Dutch 100 Breast Record For 5th All-Time

24-year-old Arno Kamminga keeps lowering the bar big time when it comes to both his own personal best, as well as the Dutch national record, in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

While competing on day 1 heats of the 2020 Antwerp Diamond Race, the two-time 2019 European Short Course Champion fired off a huge 58.52 to easily take the top seed and further demonstrate he is not one to be counted out for a medal at this summer’s Olympics.

Heading into this Belgian meet, Kamminga held the Dutch standard with the super speedy 58.61 already posted this calendar year in January at the FINA Champions Series in Shenzhen.

For perspective, his personal best from November of last year stood at the 58.98 logged at that months’ FINA World Cup in Kazan, showing how far the man has come in just a couple of months’ time.

Splits for Kamminga’s race this morning in Antwerp versus his previous record are as follows, showing a drastic change in strategy for 2 times separated by less than a tenth:

Old Record 58.61: 28.07/30.54

New Record 58.52: 27.28/31.24

With his 58.52 scorcher, Kamminga bumps himself up from slot #6 to now become the world’s 5th fastest performer in history, with his final here yet to come.

#1 – 56.88 Adam Peaty GBR 7/21/2019 Gwangju
#2 – 58.29 Ilya Shymanovich BLR FFN Golden Tour 3/22/2019 Marseilles
#3 – 58.46 Cameron van der Burgh RSA 2012 Olympic Games 7/28/2012 London
#4 – 58.46 James Wilby GBR 7/22/2019 Gwangju
5# – 58.52 Arno Kamminga NED Antwerp Diamon Race 02/07/2020 Antwerp

Kamminga’s outing also keeps him atop the world rankings throne for the season, positioned ahead of the likes of Great Britain’s Adam Peaty and Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich.

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1 year ago

Really hope he is not peaking early and can make the podium at Tokyo.

Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Love they swim slow, we panic ask what is going on?
When they swim fast, we hope they aren’t peaking too early?
Relax….everyone’s body and training is different!

Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

Its just strange to see someone besides Peaty drop 58s at 2 different times in-season. It could be that he swims this fasy unrested and will be the 2nd 57 ever when we get to Tokyo

Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Never thought swimming fast would be such a problem

Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

That’s his 5th sub 58 in the last 5 months and all meets you would typically call “in-season” so it seems to be his new norm.

Edit: Now 6th.

1 year ago

Massive swim – He has the consistency to medal in Tokyo.

1 year ago

What’s most impressive is the great number of races Kamminga has swum since October 2019 and the absolute quality of his results. Considering only the 100 breaststroke (he has swum also a lot of 50 and 200 br.): 4 Oct. (Budapest) 59.05, 11 Oct (Berlin) 59.15, 1 Nov (Kazan) 58.98, 7 Nov (Doha) 59.25, 7 Dec (SC EuroChamps at Glasgow, so in SCM) 56.06, 14 Dec (Amsterdam) 58.65, 14 Jan (Shenzen) 58.61, 18 Jan (Beijing) 58.95, 7 March (Antwerp) 58.52 awaiting the final

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