Hungarian Kristof Milak is butterfly specialist.
2017 FINA World Championships
Milak broke the World Junior Record in the 100m butterfly for the third time in two days, taking down the mark with a 50.62 and a silver medal in finals of the 2017 World Championships behind the winner, Team USA’s Caeleb Dressel (49.86).
Milak paced his swims perfectly, first setting the mark with a 51.23 Friday morning to qualify 5th, then going 50.77 to qualify 3rd in the semis, before wining the silver medal in the final, putting him ahead of last year’s Olympic gold medalist, Joseph Schooling. The 17 year-old Hungarian has been one of the breakout stars of this week, and also owns the World Junior Record in the 200m butterfly, which he set back in June at the European Junior Championships.
Notably, at the age of 17, Milak is over a second faster than the current world record holder, Michael Phelps, was as a junior. Phelps’ best time as a 17 year-old was a 51.84 at the 2003 Duel in the Pool and his fastest time as an 18 year-old was a 51.10 from the 2003 World Championships.