Top Seed Arno Kamminga Pulls Out of 200 Breast Prelims at European Championships

by Spencer Penland 7

August 13th, 2022 Europe, International, News


Top seed Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands did not swim in prelims of the men’s 200 breast this morning at the 2022 European Championships in Rome. Kamminga was the top seed coming into the meet, entering at a speedy 2:07.01, which he swam at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to win Silver. His personal best comes in at 2:06.85, a time which he swam in December of 2020 and makes him the #6 performer all-time in the event.

SwimSwam has not yet been able to confirm the reason for Kamminga’s absence from the race this morning. We will update once we’re able to gain some clarity on why Kamminga pulled out of the race, and if he’ll be pulling out of the rest of his races at these Championships as well.

Kamminga had to pull out of semifinals of the 200 breast at the World Championships earlier this summer due to an illness. He ultimately ended up pulling out of the rest of the World Championships due to that illness as well.

His absence does come after something of a disappointing performance in finals of the men’s 100 breast last night. The #2 performer in history in the event, Kamminga took 7th in finals last night, swimming a 59.68. That time comes in nearly 2 seconds off Kamminga’s personal best of 57.80, which he swam at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer. The swim was his slowest of the 3 phases of the 100 breast, but not by a huge margin. He swam a 59.32 in prelims on Thursday morning, then lowered that time a tick to 59.29 in semifinals on Thursday night.


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1 month ago

If anyone wants to know: Arno had covid after worlds, was pretty sick and doesn’t feel good at Euro’s (short summary of Dutch media, if you read the article on of day 2, or on about Arno, it will go a bit deeper into that). His coach was already worried about Arno’s form at the start of the meet…

Reply to  Dorien
1 month ago

Hope he’s OK! Wishing him the best and sending positive vibes

Reply to  Dorien
1 month ago

Thanks for the explanation ! I was about to ask .. but how come he also scratched that event at worlds ??

Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

He became ill during the World’s so had to withdraw. I think it was later diagnosed as Covid and he is clearly still feeling the ill effects from it a couple of months later

Reply to  Marty
1 month ago

I’m starting to feel like covid has a certain similarity to mono/glandular fever for an elite athlete. It’s a roll of the dice where the vast majority recover pretty quickly but a certain noteworthy percentage are going to lose a couple of months or a season from it.

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Reply to  Beachmouse
1 month ago

Happened to Milak back in 2020… was sick in September and still had the physical effects in December. Others like Noe Ponti had COVID a few weeks ago after worlds but are here throwing down fast swims already.

Last edited 1 month ago by Matt Fallon Goat
Reply to  Dorien
1 month ago

Donk yoo vell Dorien! 😉