2018 Hungarian Nats Day 4: Enter Nandor Nemeth

Yui OhashiRussia Morozov

2018 HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The battle between 24-year-old Boglarka Kapas and emerging 16-year-old Ajna Kesely raged on through day 3 in Debrecen, as the pair took to the pool in the women’s 400m IM tonight. Entering these Hungarian Nationals, Kapas’ personal best sat at the 4:39.35 produced at this same meet last year. However, the Olympic medalist broke through the 4:39 barrier to notch a new career-fastest of 4:38.27 for the gold.

Her time now ranks Kapas as the 4th fastest swimmer in the world this season.

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 400 IM

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OHASHI
04/08
4.30.82
2Fantine
LESAFFRE
FRA4.34.1708/03
3Ilaria
CUSINATO
ITA4.34.6506/30
4Ally
McHUGH
USA4.34.8007/27
5Aimee
WILLMOTT
GBR4.34.9004/05
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Leading through the 200m mark, Kesely kicked off the race with some heat, but couldn’t maintain the speed with Kapas’ breaststroke leg. Ultimately Kesely touched in 4:44.43 to notch the 3rd best performance of her young career.

Kesely was also in action in the women’s 100m freestyle, taking 3rd in a respectable 56.47. She’s been under 56 on two occasions on her career, showing the versatility this ace has across multiple events in just her teenage years.

Winning the women’s 100m, though was Evelyn Verraszto, who submitted the only sub-56 time in 55.68, while Zsofia Kurdi finished just .01 ahead of Kesely for silver in 56.46. Kurdi also shows a birth year of 2001, so teens took silver and bronze tonight.

In the men’s version of the same event, Nandor Nemeth stepped up to take the crown in a stellar 48.31 to represent the only athlete to dip under 49 seconds. Splitting 23.28/25.03, 18-year-old Nemeth pumped out a big personal best, shaving .33 off of what he produced last year in Debrecen.

It was also last year that Nemeth lended some incredible free splits to his nation’s relays at both the World Juniors and World Seniors, splits that included 48.24 and 48.04 to put himself on the sprint map.

His time tonight now sits as the 5th fastest effort in the world this season. Of note, Kristof Milak finished in a time of 49.49 for bronze.

2017-2018 LCM MEN 100 FREE

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Additional Winners on the Day:

  • David Horvath won tonight’s 200m breaststroke for the men, clocking 2:11.35 for a time more than 2 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
  • Dalma Sebestyen proved too much to handle in the women’s edition of the 200m breast, touching the wall in the only sub-2:30 time of 2:29.54.
  • The men’s 400m IM saw David Verraszto claim gold in 4:12.98.

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DRESSEL IS GOD
4 years ago

I’ve been saying, watch out for Hungary. With mentoring from Cseh and Hozzu with a lead from Nemeth and Milak and Kenderesi in the mix, they will be huge. 200 fly will be insane in 2020, Milak and Kenderesi may be as big as the Detti/Paltrinieri duo from Italy.

Brownish
Reply to  DRESSEL IS GOD
4 years ago

We hope so.

John26
4 years ago

When’s the 100fly?

Brownish
Reply to  John26
4 years ago

Tomorrow, but Kristof will swim the 200 free about 50 minutes before the 100 fly.

Philip
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Love to see Kristof following in the Hungarian tradition in swimming multiple events, even though he might cut it down in the future.

Brownish
4 years ago

Loretta, Nandor’s split was 47.49 in the 400 free relay of Eger.

Pvdh
4 years ago

Very good for Nemeth. Is that a Hungarian record? Still blows my mind Chalmers was 47.5 at 18….
Slower for Milak than last year. Expecting 50.8-51.0 for 100 fly. Nemeth, Kozma, Milak, Peter Holoda…a relay that can medal in Tokyo

Dee
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Richard Bohus another on 48 in 2016 & 2017 too.

Brownish
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

True. He has some shoulder injury at the moment.

Brownish
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Kristof swam in the mixed relay 40 minutes before the 100 free.

Pvdh
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

That’s enough time for an elite athlete to not have Much affect. Looks like he went 51.4 relay split so perhaps slower than I expected tomorrow

Brownish
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

True, I only wrote the fact. Otherwise he swam 2000 m in 3 days.

Emanuele
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

IMHO he focused more on middle distance (200 fly, 200 free, 400 free) in this first part of the season.
I’d expect a 51.5-51.8 and a second place behind Cseh.

Emanuele
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

I just read brownish’s comment, 52 middle/high but a great performance in the 200 free: 1.46 low, maybe something less.

Pvdh
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

I wonder if this shift to mid distance is an indicator for the future. 400free/200free/200 fly? Adding the 100 fly at the world level would be a gruesome schedule. All three of those are less competitive than the 100 fly though…

Brownish
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

The main target is 200 fly, what else I don’t know. Hungary needs a good 400 and 800 free relay too, so e.g. Kristof is needed everywhere.

Emanuele
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I don’t know if is an indicator. Maybe is just training to be at his best this summer in 100/200 fly. Maybe not.
But, in the usual big meeting calendar, this 4 events don’t overlap (in Rio 400free in the 1st day, 200free in the 3rd day, 200fly in the 4th day, 100fly in the 6th day – idem in Budapest with the 100 fly in the 7th day) so…

Brownish
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

His best is 1:48.41 from last year. Today he swam 51.46 in the mixed relay.

Brownish
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

We think the same what’s your opinion, at the moment 200/400.

Riez
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

Very unlikely that he would be second to anyone. The only question is the time. My bet is a sub 51 (100 Fly).

Brownish
Reply to  Riez
4 years ago

I haven’t seen you for ages. I think 51 low. Today his turn wasn’t good at all.

Riez
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Quite disappointed by the worlds last summer and the still idiot federation, so gave up close follow up on swimming.
Well, the turns are not his strength for sure.

Brownish
Reply to  Riez
4 years ago

I see.
In general the start and turns aren’t our strength. We must learn it. In Kristof’s 1.52 was a bad and a not so good turn. In the mixed relay the turn was very bad. It’s needed to correct this.

Riez
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Seems to be moderated out. Was good to check in…

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