Kamminga Joins Exclusive Club With 2:06.85 200 Breaststroke


Ladies and gentlemen, we have another sub-2:07 200m breaststroke in our midst, as 25-year-old Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands just fired off a massive time of 2:06.85.

While competing in the 2breast final of the 2020 Rotterdam Qualification Meet, the European Short Course Champion busted out a huge new personal best, joining an exclusive club of 2:06ers that only includes current World Record holder Anton Chupkov (2:06.12), Australia’s Matt Wilson (2:06.67) and Japan’s Ippei Watanabe (2:06.67).

Entering this meet, Kamminga’s lifetime best and Dutch national record stood at the 2:07.18 he put up earlier this year at the Antwerp Diamond Race. Already this morning in the heats here in Rotterdam, Kamminga sliced .01 off of that mark to post the top time of the field in 2:07.17.

Taking things to an entirely new gear, however, Kamminga crushed his 2:06.85 en route to defeating the rest of the field by over 2 seconds en route to gold. Splits for his two record-breaking swims from today are as follows:

This morning’s 2:07.17 – 1:01.17/1:06.00

Tonight’s 2:06.85 – 1:00.84/1:06.01

As such, Kamminga is now the world’s 4th fastest perform all-time in this LCM 200m breast event and further solidifies his case to achieve possible Olympic podium status next year in Tokyo.

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1 month ago

Kamminga has entered the chat

Reply to  Cookedlays
1 month ago

He was already in the chat.

1 month ago


JP input is too short
1 month ago

This might be the best race in Tokyo if everybody is on their best. Wilson and Kamminga take the thing out fast, Chupkov with his wicked back half speed. Watanabe swims a comparatively even race. And then there’s guys like Andrew Wilson, Stubblety-Cook, Marco Koch, and you know somebody or multiple somebodys are going to make breakthroughs over the next year.

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1 month ago

Don’t forget 19 year old Sato of Japan, who ripped a 2:07.0 a couple of months back

M d e
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1 month ago

Stubblety-Cook is a huge threat, I think he finishes higher of the Australians.

Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

Yes I agree, I think he has the biggest improvement & the main threat to Chupkov.

Last edited 1 month ago by Robbos
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1 month ago

It was one of the best races in 2016 too!

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1 month ago

200s are always the most fun race to watch.

Misha Fan
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1 month ago

It was one of the best races in Rio as well. The field was very even and anyone could win, shown by Balandin winning from lane 8. It will be really exciting to watch next year

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