Hubert Kos Chops a Half-Second Off European Junior Record in 200 IM – 1:57.58

2021 HUNGARIAN SPRING NATIONALS

Aside from the new Hungarian national record in the 4×200 free relay, which got a huge 1:44.86 anchor from Kristof Milak, 17-year-old Hubert Kos cracked the European junior record in the 200 IM during day two prelims at Hungarian Spring Nationals .

Kos, who turns 18 in a few days, dropped a 1:57.58 to easily clear Russian teenager Ilya Borodin‘s previous mark of 1:58.00. Borodin hit that time pretty recently, the performance coming from October 2020.

Kos neared the record a few months ago with a 1:58.31, which won the Hungarian title at their December championships. He enters the top-five in the world rankings, surpassing Japanese star Kosuke Hagino for the #5 spot this season.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 IM

MichaelUSA
Andrew
06/17
1:55.26
2Duncan
Scott
GBR1:55.9004/14
3Wang
Shun
CHN1:56.2710/01
4Mitch
Larkin
AUS1:56.2906/16
5Hugo
Gonzalez
ESP1:56.3106/06
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Katinka Hosszu cruised to the top time in the women’s 200 IM this evening, hitting a 2:12.69.

After the 4×200 free relay time trial, Gabor Zombori, who led off the relay in 1:48.79, swam a 3:53.76 to lead the 400 free prelims. 11 men broke four minutes, and after the relay and the 50 fly, Milak just squeezed into the A-final at eighth (3:56.65).

In the women’s 400 free, another young Hungarian distance specialist is on the rise. Bettina Fabian, born in 2004, clocked a 4:10.69 to chop almost two seconds off of her old best from December. She led prelims ahead of Ajna Kesely (4:12.16) and her older sister, Cal commit Fanni Fabian (4:13.80), while Boglarka Kapas was fourth (4:14.87).

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Dee
3 months ago

Europe might finally have a couple of IMers who could really break up the USA vs Japan domination in the next couple of years.

Last edited 3 months ago by Dee
Štěpán
Reply to  Dee
3 months ago

+ IM L. Marchand from France

nuotofan
Reply to  Dee
3 months ago

Hopefully three: Kos, Borodin and Marchand.

Swimfan
Reply to  nuotofan
3 months ago

Papastamos?

Swimfan
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

Also i think that Ceccon could become very good in the 200 IM if he can become decent in the breaststroke.

Swimfan
Reply to  nuotofan
3 months ago

A couple of years ago Europe had Johannes Hintze and Hugo Gonzalez who both looked very promising and haven’t turned into anything, so it is certainly too early to celebrate.

Attis76
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

He is Hungarian and a very promising IMer. That should be enough to know that he will be great based on Hungary’s reputation on IMers throughout swimming history.

Goag
3 months ago

Bold prediction time! Milák will break the Hungarian National Records in the 100/200 free and the 100 fly at this meet.

Ytho
Reply to  Goag
3 months ago

100 free is the most questionable out of these 3, but based on that 22.19… 47.xx? Maybe

Swimfan
Reply to  Goag
3 months ago

I think it would be great if he could break one of them.
1:45.54 in the 200 free seems realistic, not sure about the other two.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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