Kamminga’s Back In Business With 58.90 100 Breaststroke


After having taken the bulk of the fall off due to dealing with a series of illnesses, Dutch breaststroking ace Arno Kamminga proved he is on the mend.

Competing on day four of the 2022 Rotterdam Qualification Meet, 27-year-old Kamminga clocked a super quick 58.90 to take the gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

Establishing himself as the top-seeded swimmer with a morning swim of 59.10, Kamminga split 28.11/30.79 to ultimately stop the clock in 58.90 to seal the deal in the final.

The next closest swimmer in the race was Caspar Corbeauwho also races for the University of Texas, with Corbeau hitting 1:00.09 for runner-up. Of note, 21-year-old Corbeau was quicker in the morning with a heats time of 59.90, the 5th fastest time of his career.

After taking two silver medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Kamminga appeared primed to keep his hardware-reaping streak alive. Kamminga competed at both this year’s World Championships and the European Championships, however, due to illness, things did not go exactly according to plan.

In Budapest, the 26-year-old ace did snag the silver in the 100m breaststroke race, clocking a time of 58.62 to score runner-up status behind winner Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy. However, Kamminga wound up pulling out of the 200m breaststroke semi-finals at those World Championships due to illness.

The story was similar in Rome at the European Championships. Kamminga missed the podium in the 100m event, placing 7th in a time of 59.68. That result was nearly 2 seconds off of his lifetime best, a mark of 57.80 swum at the 2020 Olympic Games that made him the only man not named Adam Peaty to ever have delved into sub-58 second territory in the 1breast.

Kamminga then withdrew from the 200m breast in Rome as well, leaving the Dutchman to watch British swimmer James Wilby bag the gold.

With his sub-59-second outing tonight, Kamminga not only takes over the #1 spot in the season’s world rankings as the only 58-point swimmer. But, his result also qualifies him for Fukuoka 2023 and sets him up with momentum heading into this month’s FINA Short Course World Championships.

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2 months ago

Off topic but when is SwimSwam starting Worlds preview?

Reply to  eliemsy
2 months ago

Meanwhile, are available the entry-lists 0001170003FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF20.pdf (omegatiming.com)

Reply to  eliemsy
2 months ago

Today, since the entry lists just came out :-).

2 months ago

One more country with a sub 22 50 free.

Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

Go Kamminga Go! 🥰

2 months ago

How did Arno feel about his health and his times? Still not where he was in 2020 or 2021….2:10 in 200 this weekend but his last 50 was good, coming home in 32!

2 months ago

Looks like a bunch of swims from short course meet, the 53rd Anniversario FENABA in Argentina, are getting logged at LCM swims in the rankings

Reply to  Giusy Cisale
2 months ago

Hi Giusy. It was a SCM event (qualifying for SC Worlds) Sres (fenaba.org.ar)

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2 months ago

chad kamminga featured in photo grabbing his own Netherlands

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2 months ago


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2 months ago

So thankful for your comment because I was about to do one and this is way better than anything I could’ve come up with!

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