Kamminga Takes 100 Breast Down To Scorching 58.43 As 3rd Best Performer Ever

2020 ANTWERP DIAMOND RACE

Just when we were settling down from 24-year-old Arno Kamminga’s new Dutch national record of 58.52 in the 100m breaststroke heats here at the Antwerp Diamond Race, the man went ahead and shaved another .09 off of that outing in the final.

Hitting the wall in a monster time of 58.43 for gold by a mile, Kamminga keeps getting better, moving his PB and national record down from 58.98 in November to 58.65 in December to 58.61 in January and even lower to 58.52 this morning before his 58.43 eye-popper this evening.

Splits for Kamminga’s race this morning in Antwerp versus tonight’s effort include the following, with a big differentiation in strategy between the 2 swims.

Old Record 58.52: 27.28/31.24

New Record 58.43: 27.62/30.81

With his 58.43 scorcher, Kamminga bumps himself up from slot #5 to now become the world’s 3rd fastest performer in history just months out from the 2020 Olympic Games

#1 – 56.88 ADAM PEATY GBR 7/21/2019 GWANGJU
#2 – 58.29 Ilya Shymanovich BLR FFN Golden Tour 3/22/2019 Marseilles
#3 –58.43 Arno Kamminga NED 2020 Antwerp Diamond Race 02/07/2020 Antwerp
#4 – 58.46 James Wilby & Cameron van der Burgh GBR 2019 FINA World/2012 OLY Games 7/22/2019 & 07/28/2012 Gwangju & London

Kamminga’s 58.43 outing also keeps him atop the world rankings throne for the season, positioned ahead of the likes of Great Britain’s Adam Peaty and Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich.

2019-2020 LCM MEN 100 BREAST

AdamGBR
Peaty
03/14
58.13
2Arno
Kamminga
NED58.4303/07
3Ilya
Shymanovich
BLR58.7308/02
4Nicolo
Martinenghi
ITA58.7512/12
5Zibei
Yan
CHN58.8301/18
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Dee
7 months ago

Honestly he could go well under 58s in Tokyo. It’ll take 58low to medal. Peaty, Kamminga & Wilby on the podium.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Dee
7 months ago

Shymanovich?!

anonymoose
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
7 months ago

doesnt look to consistent

Dee
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
7 months ago

My thinking: Kamminga is swimming 58s regularly before spring. He’ll drop again in summer and possibly go sub 58. Wilby is a postman and has (imo) the best stroke from a technical approach – It’ll hold up in an Olympic final. Shymanovich exciting but unpredictable – I’d have him 5th behind Yan Zibei.

DBswims
Reply to  Dee
7 months ago

Yan Zibei could threat to medal

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  DBswims
7 months ago

oh yes , that guy is dangerous too

leisurely1:29
7 months ago

This is looking like it’s going to be the second time in 30 years that an American won’t medal in the Olympics in this race (1988, 2004)

DBswims
Reply to  leisurely1:29
7 months ago

2008 also no 100 breast podium for America

Crannman
Reply to  leisurely1:29
7 months ago

Didn’t Hansen get silver in 2004? He came 4th in the 200 I thought.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Crannman
7 months ago

Yeah Hansen got silver but the winner did a fly kick off the turn before that was allowed and it was like 0.01 between them so…

Definitely Not Sun Yang
Reply to  Crannman
7 months ago

Yeah I think he means 2008

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  leisurely1:29
7 months ago

It’ll be tough for them to make the final with this many 58’s. Don’t see anyone going 58.5. If everyone else is on, that’s a tight field. Maybe Wilson.

DEAN IS GOD
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

Peaty* Kamminga* Zibei* Wilby* I think are locks for the final. Shymanovich could easily make it but isn’t too consistent, and then yes there’s Chupkov Prigoda and Matt Wilson. If Fink/MA/Andrew Wilson can muster a 58 high I think that makes it. Super fast field

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