61 Hungarian Athletes to Compete at European Championships in Home Country


  • Monday, May 10th – Sunday, May 23rd
  • Budapest, Hungary
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Full Hungarian European Championship Lineup

The host Hungarian Swimming Federation has announced that they will have 61 athletes competing in the swimming portion of the meet at the 2021 European Championships. The swimming portion of the meet kicks off next week at the Danube Arena in Budapest.

Hungary has had great success at the last two European Championship meets that have been held during Olympic years. In 2012, the country set a new best medal count record, winning 26 total medals, while in 2016 Hungary achieved a total of ten first-place finishes. In 2018, a non-Olympic year, the country totaled just four golds, although Hungary Swimming Federation Chairman Sandor Wladar said it was highly possible the country may perform better when competing on home soil.

The Hungarian team, on the men’s side, is highlighted by the trio of Kristof Milak, David Verraszto, and Laszlo Cseh.

Milak, who won his first European title in the 200 fly at the 2018 meet in Glasgow, is entered in more events than any other member of the Hungarian team, with a total of seven individual races currently slated across the week. The 200 fly world record holder is set to swim the 50, 100, 200, and 400 free, as well as the 50, 100, and 200 fly. He currently stands as the national record holder in the 100 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly. Earlier this year he won all of his scheduled events for the European Championships (except the 50 fly) at the Hungarians National Championships, held in the same pool that he will be racing in next week.

Joining Milak in attempting to defend his 2018 European Championship title will be David Verraszto in the 400 IM. Verrasz has won the event at the previous three championships and has made the podium six times in the event. The 400 IM is the only race that Verraszto is scheduled to swim at the meet.

The oldest member of the Hungarian team at 35, Laszlo Cseh will also only be competing in one race, the 200 IM. The European record holder in the event since the 2009 World Championships, Cseh will be looking to improve upon a 2018 European Championship meet where he only qualified for one final, earning an eighth-place finish in the 100 fly.

On the women’s side, Hungary is returning a pair of 2018 European champions in Katinka Hosszu and Boglarka Kapas.

Hosszu will look to defend her 200 IM title, while also swimming in the 400 IM and 200 fly. In the 200 IM, she will have the potential to improve upon her European record of six titles in a single event.

Kapas will be joining Hosszu in both the 200 fly and 400 IM, as well as competing in the 400 free. Earlier this year Kapas edged out Hosszu in the 200 fly at the Hungarian Championships with a time of 2:07.24, just off of her swim of 2:07.13 that won her gold in 2018.

2021 European Aquatics Championships – Hungarian Team

*Denotes athletes selected for 2021 Hungarian Olympic team

Athlete Events
*Eszter Bekesi
100 breast, 200 breast
*Peter Bernek
200 back, 400 IM
David Betlehem 1500 free
*Bence Biczo 200 fly
*Richard Bohus
50 back, 100 back
Beatrix Bordas 50 free, 50 fly
*Katalina Burian
50 back, 100 back, 200 back
*Laszlo Cseh 200 IM
Lia Csulak 1500 free
Bettina Fabian
800 free, 400 free
Fanni Fabian
200 free, 400 free
Oliver Gal 50 breast
Kincso Gal 800 free
Reka Gyorgy 200 IM
*Fanni Gyurinovics 50 free, 100 free
*Gergely Gyurta
1500 free, 800 free
*Petra Halmai
100 breast, 200 breast, 50 breast
Dora Hathazi 100 fly, 200 fly
Balazs Hollo
400 free, 200 IM, 200 free
Peter Holoda
100 free, 50 fly, 50 free
David Horvath
100 breast, 200 breast, 50 breast
*Katinka Hosszu
400 IM, 200 fly, 200 IM
*Zsuzsanna Jakabos 400 IM, 200 fly
Adam Jaszo
50 back, 100 back, 200 back
*Akos Kalmar
400 free, 1500 free, 800 free
Aliz Kalmar
100 breast, 200 brest, 50 breast
*Boglarka Kapas
400 IM, 200 fly, 400 free
Tamas Kenderesi 200 fly
Ajna Kesely
800 free, 200 free, 1500 free, 400 free
Hubert Kos 200 IM, 100 fly
Benedek Kovacs
50 back, 100 back, 200 back
Mark Kovacsics
1500 free, 800 free
*Dominik Kozma 50 free
*Mate Kutasi
100 breast, 200 breast
Richard Marton 50 fly, 100 fly
Viktoria Mihalyvari-Farkas
400 IM, 1500 free
*Kristof Milak
400 free, 100 free, 200 fly, 200 free, 50 fly, 50 free, 100 fly
*Nandor Nemeth
100 free, 200 free, 50 free
Reka Nyiradi
100 fly, 200 back
Anna Olasz 1500 free
Monika Olle 50 free, 50 fly
Kristof Rasovszky 800 free
*Dalma Sebestyen 100 fly, 200 IM
Petra Senanszky 50 free, 100 free
Daniel Sos 200 IM, 400 IM
*Szebasztion Szabo
100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly
Eszter Szabo-Feltothy
50 back, 100 back, 200 back
Bence Szentes 50 back
Gerda Szilagyi
50 back, 100 back, 200 back
Martin Szollosi 50 breast
Anna Sztankovics
100 breast, 50 breast
*Tamas Takacs
100 breast, 50 breast
*Adam Telegdy
100 back, 200 back
Dominik Mark Torok
100 breast, 200 fly, 200 breast, 400 IM
Panna Ugrai
100 fly, 50 back, 100 back, 100 free, 200 IM, 50 fly
Dominika Varga 50 fly
Luca Vas 800 free
Laura Veres 200 free
*David Verraszto 400 IM
Evelyn Verraszto
200 free, 100 free
*Gabor Zombori
400 free, 200 free


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Sam B
3 years ago

Milak can definitely shoot for 4 individual medals in Tokyo

Reply to  Sam B
3 years ago

Not gonna start in that many individual events at all, he will race in the fly events only…
But his morning times in 100 and 200 free are pretty impressive, too.

Reply to  TerryO
3 years ago

He will not swim the 200 free due to the bad schedule of Tokio. There is some hope for the 100 free, but probably only the flies and the relays.

Reply to  tkrisz
3 years ago

I think he will.

Reply to  tkrisz
3 years ago

Realistically, if Milak swims around his current PR in the 200free and 400free next week, he will probably not contest these in Tokyo. Why would he, unless he thinks he can be in the mix for the medals?

The way he swam the 200free at Nationals suggests he has a lot more time to drop, so I hope he does.

3 years ago

There are several errors with the *’s.

3 years ago

VERY sad that so many athletes are Hungry.

Reply to  SwimFani
3 years ago

Very sad that there are still people like you.

Reply to  Attis76
3 years ago

He was making a joke, that’s why he said hungry and not hungary

Reply to  maybe?
3 years ago

And you think I didn’t get it? That is why I was complaining in the first place. Jeez.

Reply to  Attis76
3 years ago

Very sad that you don’t pay attention to details 🙁

Reply to  25Backstroke
3 years ago

I am the one who doesn’t pay attention to details? Really? That “detail” is what pissed me off…

3 years ago

Loaded schedules for Milak and Ugrai. Sok szerencsét!

flex tape cant fix that
3 years ago

I’m predicting a 1:50.9 from Milak