On Friday during the World Cup in Kazan, Russia, Arno Kamminga was the first Dutch person to ever swim under 59 seconds on the 100-meter breaststroke. Kira Toussaint again secured the victory on the 50-meter backstroke.
The 24-year-old Kamminga tapped in the 50-meter pool in 58.98. That historic time was not good for gold, because Anton Chupkov was just a fraction faster than the Dutchman (58.94). The bronze went to the Japanese Yasuhiro Koseki (59.23).
Kamminga is not worried about leaving the gold to the Russian Chupkov. "It is of course not the least name and he also swam a national record. It was very close," said the Katwijker after his historic race.
"But the most important thing is that that 58 clock came on the clock. And again a Dutch record. I really can't believe it yet. I wanted this very much and for a long time and now it is there."
Toussaint wins again on 50 backstroke
On the 50 meter backstroke, Toussaint took the gold - just like in Budapest and Berlin. She clocked a time of 27.89 in a strong field of participants and thus kept the Russian Mariia Kameneva (27.95) and the Brazilian Etiene Medeiros (28.12) behind her.
"I am very happy with the victory, although the time was slightly slower than the 27.49 in Berlin three weeks ago," said 25-year-old Toussaint. "It was very exciting, but I was the first to mow a little mowing the lawn."
The world cup in Kazan is the sixth and penultimate World Cup of the year. The last World Cup will be held from 7 to 9 November in Qatar, Doha.