2019 SWIM CUP AMSTERDAM
- Friday, December 13th – Sunday, December 15th
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
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While competing on day 2 of the 2019 Swim Cup Amsterdam, 24-year-old Arno Kamminga brought the crowd to its feet by swimming the fastest 100m breaststroke ever by a Dutchman.
After establishing himself as the man to beat with a morning swim of 59.00 in the heats, Kamminga turned it on big-time to finish atop the podium in a lifetime best of 58.65. That mark overtakes his own previous national record 58.98 logged just last month while competing at the FINA World Cup Series stop in Kazan.
Splits for Kamminga’s race tonight in Amsterdam versus his previous record are as follows, showing Kamming had a lot left in the tank on the back half this time around:
Old Record of 58.98: 27.61/31.37
New Record of 58.65: 27.77/30.88
Kamminga made it to the semi-finals in this LCM 100 breast at this year’s World Championships, finishing 13th in a time of 59.49. As such, the man has dropped major time in just a few short months to get under the 59-second threshold for just the 2nd time of his career. In fact, his time tonight would have placed him 4th in the Gwangju final.
Kamminga’s 58.65 outing tonight easily clears the 59.93 FINA qualifying cut for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Dutchman accomplished the same feat in last night’s 200m breast, where he took gold in a time of 2:07.96.
The man recently earned double gold in Glasgow, taking the 100m and 200m breast events at last week’s European Short Course Championships.