2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
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And he has done it again. Riding off the hype of an electric crowd getting up to cheer for their hometown hero, Hungarian Kristof Milak obliterated the rest of his competition as he broke the world record in the men’s 200 fly final, swimming a time of 1:50.34. He takes 0.39 seconds off his previous world record 1:50.73, which was set at the 2019 World Championships.
With his swim today, Milak cements himself as the most dominant man in the history of the 200 fly, owning eight out of the twelve fastest performances in the event. He is also now 1.17 seconds faster than Michael Phelps, who is the second-fastest performer in the 200 fly, has ever been.
Top 12 Performances, Men’s 200 Fly:
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:50.34 (2022)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:50.73 (2019)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:51.10 (2021)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:51.25 (2021)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:51.40 (2021)
- Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:51.51 (2009)
- Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:52.03 (2008)
- Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:52.09 (2008)
- Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:52.20 (2008)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:52.22 (2021)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:52.39 (2022)
- Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:52.50 (2021)
Compared to his prelims and semifinals swims where he ran down the field on the last 50 meters of the race, Milak opened up his finals swim incredibly fast. He touched in a scorching 51.89 at the 100-meter mark, a time that would have been considered strong in an individual 100 fly. However, he paid for it on his back half, closing nearly seven seconds slower in 58.45. Milak took out his 2019 race more conservatively in 52.88, giving him more energy on his back half to split 57.85 on the last 100.
Despite fading on his finish, Milak was fast enough to demolish the rest the field regardless, winning the race by 3.03 seconds.
|Kristof Milak, 2022 World Championships (New World Record)||Kristof Milak, 2019 World Championships (Old World Record)|
At this World Championships, Milak is truly establishing himself as a multi-event generational talent. In addition to his world record, he also anchored Hungary’s 4×100 free relay in a blistering 46.86 free split, and is also now the heavy favorite to win and break the world record in the 100 fly.