Belmonte Races 400 IM, 400 Free & 200 Fly In Under An Hour In Amsterdam


Day 2 Highlights

After winning the women’s 1500m freestyle last night at the Swim Cup Amsterdam in an Olympic-qualifying time, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte didn’t fare as well on night 2, although it wasn’t for lack of trying.

The 29-year-old 200m fly Olympic champion from Rio took on a grueling program this evening, racing the women’s 400m free, 400m IM and 200m fly over a span of just 50 minutes.

The Spaniard won the women’s 400m IM against teammate and reigning World Junior Champion Alba Vazquez, with Belmonte touching in 4:44.16 to Vazquez’s 4:46.51. The women were well off their bests, however, as well as the Olympic qualifying time of 4:38.53 needed to etch their names on the Spanish roster for Tokyo.

Belmonte’s next event was the 400m free, where the veteran took 3rd in a time of 4:13.80. Getting her hand on the wall first was British swimmer Holly Hibbott. The Commonwealth Games medalist reaped a time of 4:07.02, about 2 seconds off of her PB of 4:05.01 that renders her the 4th fastest Brit of all-time in the event.

Finally, Belmonte raced the women’s 200m fly where she wound up 4th in a time of 2:16.09. The entire field wasn’t particularly fast, as winner Julia Pujadas of Spain touched in 2:12.07, well off the 2:08.43 needed for Tokyo.

Big swims tonight came in the form of Arjan Knipping and Joan Lluis Pons each getting under the Olympic-qualifying cut in the men’s 400m IM. Knipping of the Netherlands got it done for gold in a time of 4:15.12, while Pons of Spain touched just over half a second later in 4:15.74. Both men dipped under the 4:15.84 needed for Tokyo.

Arno Kamminga also crushed a head-turning swim, knocking his 100m breast Dutch national record down from 58.98 to a blazing 58.65. You can read more about the 24-year-old’s race here.

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10 months ago

Obviously Knipping’s and Pons’ results were in the 400 IM. Heemskerk won the 100 free in 53.23, under the QT for Tokyo2020

10 months ago

Mireia… who is Mireia?

10 months ago

Acrylic fingernails for that photo finish?

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