2020 BULGARIAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, December 18th – Sunday, December 20th
- Sofia, Bulgaria
- LCM (50m)
- Live Results
The 2020 Bulgarian Team Championships are taking place this weekend, with 17-year-old Josif Miladinov making some major noise once again in the men’s 100m fly.
En route to topping the podium, Miladinov fired off a massive 51.08 to check-in with a new national record, lifetime best, and #2 time in the world this season.
The teen was already knocking on the door of his own 51.55 national record in the morning heats, landing lane 4 with a stellar 51.57. Splits for his prelim swim included 24.03/27.54 to set himself up for success.
Come tonight’s final, Miladinov scorched the field and swam a lights-out 51.08 by opening in a wicked-fast 23.60 before closing 27.48. As such, the teen’s monster effort sliced .47 off of his aforementioned NR and falls just .01 shy of Hungarian Kristof Milak’s 51.07 world-leading time from just last week.
It was just this past August that Miladinov nailed a lifetime best and national standard of 51.55 in this LCM 100 fly, posting the mark at the Bulgarian Championships. That time itself overtook the 51.91 Miladinov nailed in the prelims of the 2019 World Junior Championships. Miladinov wound up finishing 4th in that Budapest final with another sub-52 second outing of 51.96.
A quick progression of the Miladinov’s 100m fly follows this impressive pattern:
51.55 August 2020
51.08 December 2020
Miladinov’s outing here in Sofia ranks the teen as the world’s 25th fastest performer all-time. For perspective, the world’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps owns the United States’ National Age Group record for the men’s 17-18 category at 51.10. As such, this Bulgarian wavemaker is faster than the GOAT was at this same age.
The World Junior Record in the 100m fly remains at Milak’s 50.62 from the 2017 World Championships.