2023 World Cup Budapest Entries: Shymanovich & Shkurdai Entered As Neutrals


  • Friday, October 20th – Sunday, October 22nd
  • Duna Arena, Budapest, Hungary
  • LCM (50m)
  • Meet Central
  • Entries

For the fourth time, the city of Budapest will be hosting a World Aquatics Swimming World Cup. The third and final stop of this year’s series is headed to Duna Arena this weekend, with action spanning Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd.

A total of 552 swimmers are slated to descend upon the storied area, including a large Hungarian contingent of 278 athletes.

While some competitors have departed after having raced at the first two legs in Berlin and Athens, including the Japanese roster, several key swimmers are making their World Cup debuts in Budapest.

Among them is the highly-anticipated return of World Record holder Kristof Milak of the host nation. 23-year-old Milak was originally scheduled to race at all three stops of the circuit. However, due to disruptions in training, the butterfly ace opted to keep his racing just to Budapest.

We reported that Milak will not be contesting the 200m fly, the event in which he is the reigning Olympic champion. Instead, he’ll take on the 50m/100m/2000m free and 50m/100m fly events.

Milak’s Hungarian teammates at this stop include Boglarka Kapas, Kristof Rasovszky, Lori Fanni Komoroczy, Benedek Kovacs, Adam Telegdy, Dalma Sebestyen, Viktoria Mihalyvari-Farkas, Nandor Nemeth, David Verraszto and Richard Marton.

Also joining the Budapest party is World Junior Record holder Diogo Ribeiro of Portugal.

The 18-year-old speedster is entered in the 50m/100m/200m free, as well as the 50m and 100m fly events. The 50m fly is the race in which he established a new WJR, firing off a mark of 22.96 at last year’s World Junior Championships. That outing rendered the Portuguese ace the first-ever junior swimmer to delve under the 23-second threshold in the event.

Thus far we’ve seen several Australians sprinkled throughout the 2023 World Cup, including Lani Pallister, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell and Maximillian Giuliani.

This time around, 20-year-old Sam Short is set to compete.

Short is slated to take on the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle events, carrying the momentum from his breakout performances at this year’s World Championships.

In Fukuoka, Short grabbed the gold in the 400m free, snagged silver in the 800m free and bagged bronze in the 1500m event.

Finally, there are 2 notable stars from Belarus listed among the entries for Budapest.

Breaststroker Ilya Shymanovich and versatile sprinter Anastasia Shkurdai are both scheduled to make appearances. The former is entered in the 50m/100m breaststroke while the latter is entered in the 50m free and 100m/200m backstroke.

Of note, Shymanovich and Shkurdai are listed as ‘Neutral Independent Athletes’ (NIA). This stems from World Aquatics’ September decision to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in the organizations’ events moving forward under a neutral flag.

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1 month ago

Milak is out. As I said many times, he is barely training, may not ever race again

Hun swim fan
1 month ago

We may not see Milak ever swim again. Only his team mates know why

Lap Counter
1 month ago

Long way to go for Sam Short for just one stop on WC!

Reply to  Lap Counter
1 month ago

True. Wonder if he’s saved something special for it then?

Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

He skipped the first two because he needed the time to get in shape after a break so probably not.

Alison England
1 month ago

Any guesses on the number of ‘fly kicks Shymanovich makes?

Underachieving swimmer
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1 month ago


1 month ago

Milak isn’t racing at this stop either apparenty. He reportedly still “isn’t in the right conditions to race”. I doubt we will see anything from him in 2023, the rest of the interview in Hungarian is mostly about how he is “focused on Paris” etc. Kinda disappointed, ngl (although a 3 months break is pretty substantial).

Last edited 1 month ago by snailSpace
Reply to  snailSpace
1 month ago

It’s understandable one is not good enough to race after only one month of training, but this really gives people less optimism about his prospect. Time is running out.

Hun swim fan
Reply to  snailSpace
1 month ago

Correct, he is not ready

Reply to  snailSpace
1 month ago

3 months isn’t long enough when you don’t like swimming.

1 month ago

I think you posted the entries for Athens, not Budapest

bevo’s horns
1 month ago

Also looks like Ruck is entered. Where is she training nowadays?

Reply to  bevo’s horns
1 month ago

From IG, it seems like she’s been hanging with her old training buddies, Penny and Kayla, who are training with Mission Viejo.

bevo’s horns
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
1 month ago

Thanks! I think I miss out on a lot of stories that don’t end up as SwimSwam articles, but are interesting and newsworthy (to me) nonetheless, by not having an instagram

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