Israel’s Polonsky Qualifies For Tokyo In 200 IM; Noe Ponti Hits Another PB

ROTTERDAM QUALIFICATION MEET (NED)

The final day of the 2020 Rotterdam Qualification Meet (RQM) taking place in the Netherlands wrapped up today, with Kira Toussaint claiming her spot on the Dutch Olympic roster.

Taking to the pool in the morning heats of the women’s 100m backstroke, the SCM world record holder in the 50m distance fired off the first sub-59 second time of her career. Toussaint touched in 58.91 to claim the top seed, rewrite her own Dutch record and etch her name onto the nation’s lineup for next year’s Olympic Games.

Toussaint was nearly at the same mark come tonight’s final, with the 26-year-old registering a time of 59.03, still the 2nd fastest of her career, to win the race by over a second.

The men’s 100m back saw visiting Austrian Bernhard Reitshammer get to the wall first, posting a time of 54.70. Splitting 26.14/28.56, the 26-year-old got the job done for gold here in Rotterdam.

Additional winners on the night included Belgium’s Valentine Dumont touched in 4:13.61 in the 400m free, Dutch Olympic open water champion Ferry Weertman taking the 400m free in 3:50.87, his fiancee and multi-Olympic medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo taking the women’s 50m fly in 25.32, as well as Swiss ace Maria Ugolkova reaping a time of 2:13.10 to carry the women’s 200m IM.

In the men’s 200m IM, Israeli Ron Polonsky posted a result of 1:59.67 to mark just the 4th time the 19-year-old has gotten under the 2-minute threshold in the event. Polonsky’s time here ties exactly the 1:59.67 FINA ‘A’ standard needed to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Coming in oh-so-close to that threshold was runner-up Noe Ponti of Switzerland. 19-year-old Ponti, who has put on a show in the men’s 100m and 200m fly events for his nation, was merely a fingernail behind Polonsky, settling for silver in 1:59.72. His result sits .05 outside of the QT.

As a consolation, Ponti’s performance still checks in as a huge lifetime best for the Wolfpack swimmer-to-be, easily overtaking his previous PB of 2:01.17 which rendered him the 5th place finisher at the 2019 European Junior Championships.

Look for a follow-up post identifying the Dutch swimmers having qualified for the postponed 2020 Olympic Games as of the conclusion of this meet.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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