2018 HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 28th – Saturday, March 31st
- Debrecen Swimming Pool Complex, Debrecen, Hungary
- Start Lists
- Results (look for link)
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Recap
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.
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.
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.