Arno Kamminga won his second silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Dutchman finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke in an exciting final.

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With a time of 2.07.01 - his second best time ever - Kamminga was just over half a second slower than Australian winner Izaac Stubblety-Cook (2.06.38) and just ahead of Finnish number three Matti Mattsson (2.07.13). ).

The Russian world record holder Anton Khopkov was fourth.

For a moment, Kamminga was even allowed to smell the gold.

He had an impressive start and was two seconds ahead of the world record (2.06.12) halfway through.

He led until 50 meters before the finish, but was passed by Stubblety-Cook in the final phase.

Kamminga, who makes his debut at the Games, also took silver in the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday.

He then had to acknowledge his superiority in the Briton Adam Peaty, who has reigned on this song for years.

Peaty did not participate in the 200 meter breaststroke as usual.

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Kamminga takes silver after a lightning-fast start in 200 meters breaststroke

Kamminga equals Mensonides

Kamminga is in a special list because of his second place in the 200-meter breaststroke.

After Wieger Mensonides, he is the second Dutchman with an Olympic medal in this number.

Mensonides won bronze at the 1960 Games in Rome.

In the past five years, Kamminga worked his way up to the world's top breaststroke.

He won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the European Short Course Championship in 2019 and silver in both numbers at the European Championship long track earlier this year.

Kamminga gave the Netherlands the thirteenth medal at these Games.

Orange has so far achieved two golds, seven silvers and four bronzes and can therefore be found just outside the top ten in the medal table.

The Dutch medals so far in Tokyo

  • Gold: Annemiek van Vleuten (cycling, time trial)

  • Gold: Men's quadruple (rowing)

  • Silver: Annemiek van Vleuten (cycling, road race)

  • Silver: Gabriela and Steve Wijler (archery, mixed doubles)

  • Silver: Tom Dumoulin (cycling, time trial)

  • Silver: Men's double sculls (rowing)

  • Silver: Four-without women (rowing)

  • Silver: Arno Kamminga (swimming, 100m breaststroke)

  • Silver: Arno Kamminga (swimming, 200m breaststroke)

  • Bronze: Anna van der Breggen (cycling, time trial)

  • Bronze: Sanne van Dijke (judo, up to 70 kilograms)

  • Bronze: Women's Doubles (rowing)

  • Bronze: Women's Light Double Sculls (rowing)

Arno Kamminga with Olympic champion Izaac Stubblety-Cook.

Arno Kamminga with Olympic champion Izaac Stubblety-Cook.

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