Kristof Milak Blasts 6th Fastest 2Fly Performance Of All Time


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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.

  1. Michael Phelps, 1:51.51, 2009 (WR)
  2. Michael Phelps, 1:52.03, 2008
  3. Michael Phelps, 1:52.09, 2007
  4. Michael Phelps, 1:52.20, 2008
  5. Laszlo Cseh, 1:52.70, 2008
  6. 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.



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Unsurprising. Probably would have been as fast or maybe even faster in Budapest. He and Horomura are the future of the event. Milak should break the WR by Tokyo


The 200 fly records have lasted almost 10 years. The rubber suits seemed to have made a big difference.

He’s about 1.2 seconds behind the 1:51.51 WR.


He is also only 18 – Just last month.


Phelps went swam the WR in a speedo leg suit. Entirely inferior to the rubber suits.


Yeah, the leg suits didn’t provide the core support (essentially keeps you in the correct body position and gives your core some relief) and were not made of the same material as the Arena X-Glide, which is for the most part what people mean when they say rubberized suit or full-body suit or whatever it is. Not sure how they compare, but a leg suit from 2009 is probably still faster than a modern textile suit.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

True, but not by as much as it used to be


100 Fly, Milak vs Dressel is gonna be a lot of fun


After what we just saw at NCAAs, I’m not sure anyone is ever going to have the pure speed to go with Dressel in the 100 fly. Milak looks above the rest of the world in the 100 fly, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to match Dressel in the 100. Even in this race, he opened half a second slower than his 1:53.79 and closed much faster. Plus I’ve read about him targeting 400 free if I recall correctly?


I think until we have someone putting up a 50.2 or faster the only thing that will be a lot of fun is watching whether Dressel will win by a full body length or not.


We may see what Milak has stored on Friday..


Milak will take the 200 in Gwangju. 2020, who knows?

The 100 will be of epic proportions.
Dressel 49.5? Milak 49.?
Zhuhao and Metalla
Guy, the wild card
Le Clos if he’s still in there

Conger might put up a 50 low


Wonder what Minakov might have for the future.. Going 51,7 at 15 is amazing also..


For me, I prefer Milak right now. He is becoming a man and making gains at the right age. He is growing passed that ‘make or breaking’ stage. Minakov is a little young to predict just now; The next 2 years will tell us a lot – Will he boom or will he bust.


Schooling getting completely disrespected now lol

Ol' Longhorn

Deservedly so.


He’s been on a 2 year victory parade


Come on, this has nothjng to do with CD and his dental braces.

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