Kamminga: “I do a lot of racing, and this was like extra a lot of racing”


Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  • World Record: 2:00.16 – PRIGODA Kirill (RSF) 13 DEC 2018
  • Championship Record: 2:00.16 – PRIGODA Kirill (RSF) 13 DEC 2018
  • World Junior Record: 2:03.23 – YAMAGUCHI Akihiro (JPN) 14 DEC 2012

Top 3:

  1. Nic Fink (USA) – 2:02.28
  2. Arno Kamminga (NED) – 2:02.42
  3. Will Licon (USA) – 2:02.84

Nic Fink of the USA was in 4th with a lap to go, but he split a field leading 30.84 over the final 50 to touch first, earning his first gold medal with a time of 2:02.28. That time is just 0.08s shy of the American Record that Fink set earlier this season while competing in the ISL. This is Fink’s second medal of the meet, after he earned bronze in the 100 breast yesterday. The USA men hadn’t won this event since 2004, when Brendan Hansen captured gold.

The Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga took 2nd in 2:02.42 after having slowly moved ahead each lap of the race. Yesterday Kamminga finished 4th in the 100 breast, again finishing just behind Fink. The USA’s Will Licon was in the lead heading into the final lap, but couldn’t hold off Fink or Kamminga and ultimately settled for bronze with a time of 2:02.84.

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Tommy Schmitt
2 years ago

He basically did a nice cycle of USRPT over the last 4-5 months 😂 while having a solid aerobic base

2 years ago

Kamminga always puts a smile on his face. Such a delight to watch his interviews!

2 years ago

That is A LOT of racing! ISL, WC, Dutch Nationals, Euros, and then SC Worlds! Props to him!

2 years ago

“To be honest I can’t wait for long course” Couldn’t agree more.

Swim nerd
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

I’d have to agree, long course is very fun as we see who the best swimmers are above the water whilst still enjoying those underwaters that are so crucial in sc swimming

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