2021 FINA World Cup Budapest: Day 2 Finals Live Recap



WR 4:18.94 BELMONTE Mireia ESP 12 AUG 2017 Eindhoven (NED)
WC 4:18.94 BELMONTE GARCIA Mireia ESP 12 AUG 2017 Eindhoven (NED)
WJ 4:23.33 BEST TIME

GOLD – Ilaria Cusinato (ITA), 4:31.35
SILVER – Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN), 4:32.59
BRONZE – Maria Ugolkova (SUI), 4:33.51

The first event of night 2 saw Italy get on the board with gold, courtesy of Ilaria Cusinato‘s victory in this women’s 400m IM.

Stopping the clock in a time of 4:31.35, the 22-year-old cleared the field by over a second, with Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos next in line at the wall in 4:32.59. Last week it was Jakabos who wound up on top with a time of 4:31.15, so the Olympian was a tad slower this time around.

Swiss swimmer Maria Ugolkova rounded out the top 3 in 4:33.51, a huge new Swiss national record to keep her streak alive from yesterday. Day one here in Budapest, 32-year-old Ugolkova knocked down Swiss standards in both the 200m fly and the 100m IM and here tonight she knocked nearly 3 seconds off of her own PB and Swiss record of 4:36.31 from this ISL season.



WR 14:08.06 PALTRINIERI Gregorio ITA 4 DEC 2015 Netanya (ISR)
WC 14:15.49 ROMANCHUK Mykhailo UKR 22 OCT 2016 Singapore (SGP)
WJ 14:27.78 BEST TIME

GOLD – Florian Wellbrock (GER), 14:42.70
SILVER – Akos Kalmar (HUN), 14:47.16
BRONZE – Felix Auboeck (AUT), 14:48.13

Olympic gold medalist in open water, Florian Wellbrock, took this 1500m freestyle by over 4 seconds ahead of Hungarianfreestyler Akos Kalmar

Wellbrock led from start to finish and ultimately hit the wall lin 14:42.70 to Kalmar’s 14:47.16 while Austria’s Felix Auboeck collected bronze in 14:48.13.

Wellbrock, who took bronze in this event in Tokyo this summer, was several seconds quicker last week in Budapest, firing off a time there of 14:35.23.


WR 22.22 MANAUDOU Florent FRA 6 DEC 2014 Doha (QAT)
WC 22.61 MARSHALL Peter USA 22 NOV 2009 Singapore (SGP)
WJ 22.77 KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS 14 DEC 2018 Hangzhou (CHN)

GOLD – Kristof Milak (HUN), 23.08
SILVER – Zac Incerti (AUS), 23.36
BRONZE – Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 23.47

21-year-old Kristof Milak of the host nation already hit a new Hungarian national record in this 50m back event with his morning swim. In prelims, he fired off a time of 23.34 to knock .05 off of Richard Bohus national standard on the books since 2019.

However, this evening, Milak ripped a mark of 23.08 to get even closer to the 23-second barrier, holding off Australia’s Zac Incerti and fellow Hungarian Szebasztian Szabo who touched in respective efforts of 23.36 and 23.47.

For Milak, his AM result already took over his previous personal best in the event, a mark which stood at the 23.49 he produced 3 years ago.


WR 1:50.43 SJOSTROM Sarah SWE 12 AUG 2017 Eindhoven (NED)
WC 1:50.43 SJOSTROM Sarah SWE 12 AUG 2017 Eindhoven (NED)
WJ 1:52.85 SANCHEZ Kayla Noelle CAN 16 DEC 2018 Sheffield (GBR)

GOLD – Madi Wilson (AUS), 1:53.82
SILVER – Katja Fain (SLO) 1:54.25
BRONZE – Erin Gemmell (USA), 1:55.04

27-year-old Madi Wilson gave Australia its first gold of the night, remaining undefeated on the World Cup in this women’s 200m free.

The Marion swimmer clocked a time of 1:53.82, dropping .18 off of her Berlin effort of 1:54.00 from last week. Both times are well outside her personal best of 1:52.77 but they got the job done handily in each race to further evidence the ace is mended from her bout of COVID-19 during the ISL season.

As for silver tonight, Slovenia’s Katja Fain ripped a new national record of 1:54.25 as runner-up, dropping time from her own mark of 1:54.38.

Also getting on the podium tonight was 16-year-old Erin Gemmell posting a time of 1:55.04 to drop a chunk from the 1:55.73 she logged last week.


WR 1:49.63 LOCHTE Ryan USA 14 DEC 2012 Istanbul (TUR)
WC 1:51.09 SETO Daiya JPN 29 SEP 2018 Eindhoven (NED)
WJ 1:51.45 SATES Matt RSA 2 OCT 2021 Berlin (GER)

GOLD – Matt Sates (RSA), 1:53.43
SILVER – Danas Rapsys (LTU), 1:54.11
BRONZE – Yakov Toumarkin (ISR), 1:55.32

All eyes were on 18-year-old Matt Sates in this men’s 200m IM final, the event in which he scored a shiny new World Junior Record last week in Berlin. Sates ripped a time there of 1:51.45 to become the 8th fastest performer all-time in the event. He already followed that up with a 400m free World Junior Record last night in Budapest as well.

Today, however, Sates was still on top of the field but slightly slower, punching a time of 1:53.43. That still held off runners-up Danas Rapsys of Lithuania who hit 1:54.11 while Israeli Yakov Toumarkin rounded out the top 3 in 1:55.32.


WR 54.89 ATHERTON Minna AUS 27 OCT 2019 Budapest (HUN)
WC 55.23 SAKAI Shiho JPN 15 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WJ 55.99 NIELSEN Mie NED 13 DEC 2013 (DEN)

GOLD – Kira Toussaint (NED), 55.72
SILVER – Minna Atherton (AUS), 56.58
BRONZE – Linnea Mack (USA), 56.96

With last week’s top 3 finishers of Louise Hansson (SWE), Maggie MacNeil (CAN) and Kylie Masse (CAN) all absent from Budapest, it was Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands who stepped it up for the win.

Whereas the two-time 2019 European Short Course Champion finished in a time of 56.40 last week, Toussaint was much quicker this time around, posting 55.72 as the only sub-26 second swimmer. In fact, her outing here checks in among the top 10 performances of the former Tennessee Vol’s career.

Aussie Minna Atherton, the World Record holder in this event, also improved greatly from Berlin, scoring silver in 56.58. Last week Atherton was well off the podium, touching in 57.91 for 6th.

Another teenage swimmer from USA collected some hardware, as 25-year-old Linnea Mack sneaked in for bronze in 56.96. That’s within striking distance of the unofficial Team USA 18&U record of 56.33 Regan Smith established in 2017.


WR 25.25 van der BURGH Cameron RSA 14 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WC 25.25 van der BURGH Cameron RSA 14 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)

GOLD – Peter Stevens (SLO) 26.22
SILVER – Arno Kamminga (NED) 26.25
BRONZE – Fabian Schwingenschlogl (GER), 26.41

This week’s 50m breast was a tad slower on the whole than the Berlin edition, with still no swimmer getting under 26 seconds among the top 8.

Slovenia’s Peter Stevens grabbed gold ahead of last week’s victor Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands, touching in 26.22 to win by .03. Germany’s newly-minted national record holder rin this event from last week, Fabian Schwingenschlogl, also landed on the podium in 26.41.

Last week, Kamminga got to the wall first in 26.00 followed by Schwingenschlogl’s 26.13 and Stevens’ 26.34.



WR 24.38 ALSHAMMAR Therese SWE 22 NOV 2009 Singapore (SGP)
WC 24.38 ALSHAMMAR Therese SWE 22 NOV 2009 Singapore (SGP)
WJ 25.14 IKEE Rikako JPN 14 NOV 2017 Tokyo (JPN)

GOLD – Emma McKeon (AUS), 24.97
SILVER – Holly Barratt (AUS), 25.09
BRONZE – Maaike de Waard (NED), 25.27

The top 2 finishers remained the same this time around from Berlin, although their order was reversed. Getting on top this time was Emma McKeonwith the multi-Olympic gold medalist from Tokyo hitting 24.97 for the win. That held off 34-year-old Aussie teammate Holly Barratt who posted a time of 25.09 as runner-up, while Dutch swimmer Maaike de Waard also was in the mix at 25.27.

McKeon’s time checks in as a lifetime best, overtaking the 25.33 she registered in 2020. She is now Australia’s 4th fastest performer all-time in this event.


WR 44.94 LEVEAUX Amaury FRA 13 DEC 2008 Rijeka (CRO)
WC 44.95 MOROZOV Vladimir RUS 16 NOV 2018 Singapore (SGP)
WJ 46.11 KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS 21 DEC 2018 (RUS)

GOLD – Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 45.50
SILVER – Vlad Morozov (RUS), 46.25
BRONZE – Kristof Milak (HUN), 46.93

Australian Olympic champion from 2016 and silver medalist in the long course edition of this 100 free event, Kyle Chalmers, destroyed the field tonight in this final.

Touching in a time of 45.50, Chalmers beat the likes of Russia’s Vlad Morozov and Hungary’s Milak by .75 and over a second, respectively. Morozov produced a time of 46.25 for silver while Milak was next in 46.93.

As for Chalmers, the man was 45.73 last week and hacked .23 off of that result to check with a new lifetime best. Splitting 21.80/23.70 here, Chalmers’ performance overtook his previous PB of 45.54 from the FINA World Cup Series in 2018. He now sits even closer to Matt Abbod’s 2009 national record of 45.46 and sits as the 8th fastest performer all-time.

Milak’s time is also a lifetime best, getting the versatile Hungarian under 47 seconds for the first time in his career.


WR 1:02.36 MEILUTYTE Ruta LTU 12 OCT 2013 Moscow (RUS)
=WR 1:02.36 ATKINSON Alia JAM 6 DEC 2014 Doha (QAT)
=WR 1:02.36 ATKINSON Alia JAM 26 AUG 2016 Paris-Chartres (FRA)
WC 1:02.36 MEILUTYTE Ruta LTU 12 OCT 2013 Moscow (RUS)
=WC 1:02.36 ATKINSON Alia JAM 26 AUG 2016 Chartres (FRA)
WJ 1:02.36 MEILUTYTE Ruta LTU 12 OCT 2013 (RUS)

GOLD – Nika Godun (RUS), 1:04.71
SILVER – Lydia Jacoby (USA), 1:05.40
BRONZE – Ilaria Cusinato (ITA), 1:06.34

Russia scored gold for the first time tonight, with Nika Godun getting the job done in this women’s 100m breaststroke. She notched a time of 1:04.71 to grab the only time under the 1:05 threshold, beating out Olympic champion in the long course 100 breast, Lydia Jacoby.

Jacoby posted 1:05.40, just .20 slower than the 1:05.20 she logged last week in Berlin for bronze.


WR 1:48.24 SETO Daiya JPN 11 DEC 2018 Hangzhou (CHN)
WC 1:48.56 le CLOS Chad RSA 5 NOV 2013 Singapore (SGP)
WJ 1:49.89 KUAN-HUNG Wang TPE 16 NOV 2020 Budapest (HUN)

GOLD – Tom Shields (USA), 1:51.18
SILVER – Hubert Kos (HUN), 1:54.75
BRONZE – Louis Croenen (BEL), 1:54.82

Tom Shields manhandled the field, taking this 200mf ly victory by over 3 seconds. He was slower than Berlin but didn’t need the sped this time around, as Hubert Kos touched in 1:54.75 and Louis Croenen in 1:54.82.

Shields last week was 1:50.51 to take silver behind South Africa’s Chad Le Clos‘ 1:50.32. Le Clos is sidelined with a minor injury, so this race was all Shields.



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2 years ago

Good to see Emma hitting some PBs! Don’t get me wrong, she’s been doing great at ISL, especially considering her time out of the pool after Olympics, but it seems she is ramping up and hopefully getting ready for some big performances at ISL finals!

2 years ago

She has been churning out 23.xx the past 2 meets consistently

MC (not) Hammer
Reply to  wow
2 years ago

Several of the US Jr Team girls have been pretty impressive. I’m guessing one or more will be on next summers World Team.

2 years ago

It’s good to see Daniel Diehl getting some international experience. He could become a great swimmer.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
2 years ago

Where’s cseh?


He received an emotional farewell from the organizers and the audience. First, he could watch a summary of his elite swimming career, then an online greeting from his friend, Chad le Clos. He performed 4x25m medley with partner swimmers. Butterfly with Péter Bernek who also retired after Tokyo2020, backstroke with Sándor Wladár – the Olympic champion of 200 backstroke from the 1980’s Olympic Games and the President of Hungarian Swimming Association. Breastroke with his first trainer and freestyle with the HUngarian national team – including Katinka Hosszú, who hasn’t competed since Tokyo and neither this event. Finally, Laszlo – Laci – left the pool with his wife hand in hand.
It can all be looked back here:

Just give the trophy to the condors already
Reply to  MZ/X
2 years ago


Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  MZ/X
2 years ago

TYVM for the video! Greatly appreciated.

2 years ago

“Another teenage swimmer from USA collected some hardware, as 15-year-old Linnea Mack sneaked in for bronze in 56.96″

The curious Case of Linnea Mack (Benjamin Button)

2 years ago

Any idea why there isnt any decent Brits at these world cups?

Reply to  Yoo
2 years ago

Because it’s not really a focussed meet for us.

Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
2 years ago

Will they at least be at europeans or worlds (scm)? By ‘they’ I meaan Scott, Wood, Hopkin etc.

Reply to  Yoo
2 years ago

I get the feeling from their interviews this season that they’re focusing on worlds, Commonwealths, Europeans LC in 2022

Reply to  Yoo
2 years ago

If you look at the names of people winning events and compare them to the Olympics, you’ll notice that literally no country has sent all their best swimmers. I don’t think short course FINA cup is really a priority for anyone, and more of a “oh hey maybe you can win some money if you give this a shot” kind of situation.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Sub13
2 years ago

Emma McKeon, Kyle Chalmers, Kristof Milak, Lydia Jacobi are the best of their country.


Reply to  Sub13
2 years ago

It’s certainly not the most serious competition, but seeing so many top athletes breaking their PBs and swimming the best out of them, you can’t just say it’s a cash-earning event.

2 years ago

Linnea Mack isn’t 15…

2 years ago

That russian girl looked so pissed after winning the 100 Breast

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