Kristof Milak Has Emergency Suit Change, Breaks Olympic Record in 200 Fly


Kristof Milak has collected his first-ever Olympic gold medal in the 200 butterfly in Olympic record fashion. Milak swam to a 1:51.25 to take gold in the final, taking out Michael Phelps‘ 1:52.03 Olympic record from the Beijing 2008 Games.

Split Comparison

Milak 2020 Phelps 2008
50 24.48 25.36
100 53.48 (29.00) 53.53 (28.17)
150 1:22.15 (28.67) 1:22.75 (29.22)
200 1:51.25 (29.10) 1:52.03 (29.28)

In a post-race interview, Milak shared with reporters that just 10 minutes before the 200 fly final his suit ripped in the ready room and he needed to do make a quick last-minute change. He said the equipment malfunction threw him off and he knew before the race started that he wouldn’t be able to break his own World Record.

Milak’s record stands at a 1:50.73 from the 2019 World Championships. He swam that time roughly 10 years after Phelps delivered the former mark of 1:51.51 at 2009 Worlds which was an improvement upon his former world record and now-former Olympic record of 1:52.03 at Beijing 2008.

Milak’s 1:51.25 is the 3rd fastest swim on record in the event and gives him the 4 fastest 200 butterfly times in the history of the event. Milak delivered the now-8th fastest time ever in the event during the semi-finals at Tokyo 2020 when he hit a 1:52.22.

All-time 200 Butterfly Performances

  1. Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:50.73 (2019)
  2. Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:51.10 (2021)
  3. Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:51.25 (2021)
  4. Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:51.40 (2021)
  5. Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:51.51 (2009)
  6. Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:52.03 (2008)
  7. Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:52.09 (2007)
  8. Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:52.22 (2021)

Kristof Milak had one of the most decisive wins we’ve seen so far at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, declaring victory by more than 2 seconds over Japan’s Tomoru Honda who was a 1:53.73 for silver. Following Honda, Italy’s Federico Burdisso threw down a 1:54.45 to take bronze.

Milak’s Hungarian teammate Tamas Kenderesi was just outside of the top 3 in the final, scoring 4th with a 1:54.45 while 2012 Olympic champion Chad le Clos fell to 5th place in a 1:54.93.

This gold medal performance for Milak represents the first time that Hungary has topped the Olympic podium in the event and marks just the 7th time in 17 editions of the Olympics that an American can hasn’t won gold. Hungary has, however, finished top 3 before as Gyorgy Tumpek actually won the first-ever Olympic bronze in the 200 butterfly back in 1956. Hungary also reached the podium in 2008 when Laszlo Cseh touched second to PhelpKristof Milak Has Emergency Suit Change, Breaks Olympic Record in 200 Flys in Beijing.

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1 year ago

Where was the rip? Come guy Swim Swim I want the full story!!!

David s
1 year ago

I wondered why he swam it so bad and his time was so disappointing

Iron Spine
Reply to  David s
1 year ago

David S for gold medal in 2024?

1 year ago

Apparently at the press conference Honda and Burdisso were asked what it is like to know that they can only win silver behind Milak, and Milak called them out demanding more respect to his opponents! So RESPECT to Milak!

Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

No article for Titmus’ 200 free win in OR?

1 year ago

Great to see a 2008 suited time go down.

Old Man Chalmers
1 year ago

well cavic’s european record is probably history now

Last edited 1 year ago by Old Man Chalmers
1 year ago

weak sauce. fresh threads! should’ve known he was going to break his WR.

Woke Stasi
1 year ago

Suit rip? Easy! How about your goggles filling up with water in an Olympic 200 fly final? Phelps handled that pretty well in 2008!

Beach bum jason
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

Not sure why anyone would down vote that comment. It’s 100 percent fact. Lot harder to swim blind! Geez

Reply to  Beach bum jason
1 year ago

It is a fact but kinda irrelevant. He didn’t mention or compare his situation to Phelps’. Just stated the fact that the suit rip was kinda distracting and thats it. Not like Milak didn’t handle it well lol

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1 year ago


Last edited 1 year ago by Juhuu
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

If it happens in the water during his swim I’m sure he wouldn’t care. This is about concentration and his mental state coming into the event. Can we just appreciate the Olympic record regardless of his pants!

Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

Look back at Spitz … no cap, no goggles, so no whining about water filled goggles.

Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

Yep but he did go slower. He said later he had another second or so in him…