Dutch Team Shaves .04 Off Mixed 4×50 Medley Relay World Record


  • Tuesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 7th
  • Aquatics Palace, Kazan Russia
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelim recap
  • Results

The 2021 European Short Course Championships closed out on a high note: the Dutch team of Kira Toussaint, Arno Kamminga, Maaike De Waard and Thom De Boer combined to shave .04 seconds of the world record in the mixed 4×50 medley relay.

Toussaint led off in 25.99, followed by Kamminga in 25.54, De Waard in 24.50 and De Boer in 20.15 for a final time of 1:36.18 (De Boer’s reaction time registered as -0.01, which falls within the allowed margin of error). That bested the 1:36.22 previous world record, owned by Russia.

That time was done by the Russian team of Kliment Kolesnikov (22.67), Vladimir Morozov (25.40), Arina Surkova (24.94) and Maria Kameneva (23.21) at the 2019 European Short Course Championships in Glasgow, meaning the record was also the championship record and European record. Russia opted to go with the more traditional male-male-female-female lineup while the new record holders went female-male-female-male.

Splits Comparison:

New World Record Old World Record
Toussaint – 25.99
Kolesnikov – 22.67
Kamminga – 25.54 Morozov – 25.4
De Waard – 24.5 Surkova – 24.94
De Boer – 20.15
Kameneva – 23.21
1:36.18 1:36.22

Toussaint is the Dutch and world record holder in the short course 50-meter back at 25.60. Kamminga is the Dutch record holder in the short course 50-meter breaststroke (25.84) and De Boer owns the record in the 50-meter free (20.84).

Italy took second on Sunday with a time of 1:36.39 followed by Russia in 1:36.42. On the fifth-place Belarusian team, Ilya Shymanovich went the fastest 50 breast relay split in history at 24.72, becoming the first man under 25 seconds — and by a wide margin.

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Coach Mike 1952
7 months ago

So glad Kira is part of the WR team. All of them actually.

Last edited 7 months ago by Coach Mike 1952
I win, you lose
7 months ago

First mixed relay WR with a male freestyler?

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7 months ago

Morozov and Dressel both anchored in 2013 and 2018, respectively

7 months ago

they can even add Kromo to this team

7 months ago

Proud to be Dutch 🙂

7 months ago

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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