2018 HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 28th – Saturday, March 31st
- Debrecen Swimming Pool Complex, Debrecen, Hungary
- Start Lists
- Results (look for link)
We’re used to seeing Hungarian teen Kristof Milak fire off some impressive performances, a lá his 1:53.79 200m butterfly world junior record at last year’s European Junior Championships. But the 18-year-old had even higher aspirations tonight while competing at the Hungarian National Championships, crushing a huge personal best of 1:52.71 to manhandle the stacked field, one that included Olympians Tamas Kenderesi and Laszlo Cseh.
Splitting 53.92 on the opening leg, Milak closed in 58.79 to hack close to a second off of his 1:53.79 from Netanya. In that race, he opened faster in 53.24, but back-halfed in 1:00.55, so tonight’s performance was set apart by his 2nd 50. Kenderesi couldn’t keep up, clocking 1:54.14 for silver, with iconic Cseh in bronze with 1:56.45.
Milak positioned himself among the all-time greats in the event with his monster performance. His eye-popping outing tonight now ranks as the 6th fasetst performance ever, while the teen checks-in as the 3rd fastest performer of all-time.
- Michael Phelps, 1:51.51, 2009 (WR)
- Michael Phelps, 1:52.03, 2008
- Michael Phelps, 1:52.09, 2007
- Michael Phelps, 1:52.20, 2008
- Laszlo Cseh, 1:52.70, 2008
- Kristof Milak, 1:52.71, 2018
Just as his European Junior Championships title came in a time faster than the legend Michael Phelps was at 17, Milak’s performance this evening also out-paces Phelps’ fastest effort as an 18-year-old. At the 2003 World Championships, Phelps fired off 1:53.93 at 18 years of age, while Milak’s time tonight of 1:52.71 is well beneath that.