DUTCH NATIONAL TEAM TIME TRIAL
- Friday, April 30th
- Eindhoven, Netherlands
- LCM (50m)
After yesterday’s history-making 100m breaststroke performance by Arno Kamminga, these Dutch National Team Time Trials saw another national record go down, courtesy of Nyls Korstanje.
Korstanje, a member of the NC State Wolfpack NCAA squad, took down the 100m butterfly Dutch standard, stopping the clock in a quick 51.65. That result blasted away the 22-year-old’s previous personal best of 51.93 from just weeks ago, but it also surpassed the longstanding Dutch standard of 51.75 Joeri Verlinden put on the books in 2012.
Korstanje opened today’s race in 23.75 and brought it home in 27.90 to register the fastest outing of his career. Although this new record checks in as an Olympic-qualifying time, dipping under the Dutch selection standard of 51.92, this is a non-qualifying competition.
However, the fact that the man got well under 52-seconds with his 51.65 bodes very well for his chances of hitting a Tokyo-worthy mark at next month’s European Championships. If he is able to replicate the same caliber of performance there in Budapest, Korstanje can join the likes of Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Kira Toussaint on the Dutch Olympic roster.
In the meantime, Korstanje will settle for checking in as the 15th fastest swimmer in the world this year and the 10th fastest European in this 1fly event.
A full recap of the additional swims logged in Eindhoven will follow.