Ranomi Kromowidjojo showed two months before the Olympic Games in Tokyo that the top form is coming.

The Dutch took gold on Tuesday in the 50-meter freestyle at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.

For Arno Kamminga there was silver in the 100 meter breaststroke.

In the final of the 50, Kromowidjojo was quite two tenths faster than Olympic champion Pernille Blume (23.97 at 24.17).

The Danish shared the silver with the Polish Katarzyna Wasick.

Femke Heemskerk just fell short of a medal.

The 33-year-old Roelofarendsveense finished fifth in 24.32.

Kromowidjojo was only twelve hundredths above her personal best (23.85).

The thirty-year-old swimmer took her second title in the 50 at a European Championship long track, after 2016. Three years ago, at the previous European Championship, she took bronze in this part.

The Groningen hopes to become Olympic champion for the fourth time in Tokyo in two months.

In 2012 in London she was good for gold in the 50 and 100 free, after she was in the winning team in the 4x100 meter freestyle in 2008.

Arno Kamminga was on the podium for the first time in a major long-track tournament.

Arno Kamminga was on the podium for the first time in a major long-track tournament.

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Kamminga second behind 'king' Peaty

Kamminga won a medal for the first time in his career in a major long-track tournament.

The 25-year-old Katwijker finished second in the 100th school, behind 'king' Adam Peaty.

Kamminga came to a time of 58.10 in the final.

With that he remained only two tenths above his Dutch record (57.90).

Peaty finished in 57.66 and became European champion in this event just like in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

The bronze went to the Briton James Wilby (58.58).

The 26-year-old Peaty has been almost unbeatable in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke for more than half a decade.

The Briton is the 2016 Olympic champion in the 100 school, eight-time world champion and now thirteen-time European champion.

Kamminga was the second man in Eindhoven last month to dive under 58 seconds at the 100 school.

The gap with Peaty's world record (56.88) was still large.

Kamminga stayed in the footsteps of Peaty on Tuesday, but gold was not there.

At the previous European Championship, in 2018, he still finished seventh in the 100 school.

A year later there was gold in this part at the European Championship short track.

Adam Peaty once again won a major title.

Adam Peaty once again won a major title.

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Toussaint and De Waard back to final 50

Kira Toussaint and Maaike de Waard qualified as second and third respectively for the final of the 50 meter backstroke.

Toussaint was only 12 hundredths above her European record with 27.22, while De Waard clocked a personal record (27.69).

The British Kathleen Dawson (27.19) was surprisingly faster than top favorite Toussaint.

Stan Pijnenburg experienced a disappointing semi-final in the 100-meter freestyle.

The 24-year-old Dutchman did not qualify for the final battle with the twelfth time (48.89) and did not meet the limit for the Tokyo Games (48.52).

Tes Schouten did not make it in the semifinals of the 100 school in the evening session.

The twenty-year-old South Holland came with the fifteenth time (1.07.39) almost a second short for a place in the top eight and thus a final place.

Kliment Kolesnikov was in a league of its own in the men's 50 back final.

The 20-year-old Russian rushed to a time of 23.80, breaking his world record in the semifinals on Monday (23.93).

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