Arno Kamminga Torches Dutch Record In 50 Breast Prelims

2019 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga smashed the Dutch National Record in the prelims of the men’s 50 breaststroke at the opening session of the European Short Course Championships in Glasgow, clocking a blazing 26.03.

Kamminga’s time broke the previous mark of 26.32 set by Ties Elzerman at the International Swim Festival in Germany in October of 2018. Kamminga, 24, set his previous best time at the previous edition of this meet two years in Copenhagen in a time of 26.40, which left him in ninth place and out of the final.

He now owns all six Dutch men’s breaststroke National Records and is tied for 18th all-time in the 50. Kamminga will be in the hunt for his first individual international medal here, as he owns one gold, from the mixed 200 medley relay, from the 2017 version of this meet.

He leads the field heading into the semis, with Denmark’s Tobias Bjerg second in 26.14, Turkey’s Emre Sakci third in 26.18, and pre-race favorites Ilya Shymanovich (26.22) and Fabio Scozzoli (26.23) fourth and fifth.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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