Kristof Milak Pops Season-Best 50.95 In 100 Fly, Tying His Mare Nostrum Record

2024 MARE NOSTRUM – BARCELONA

Despite reports of him missing the majority of workouts coming out of the Hungarian Championships in AprilKristof Milak‘s performance shows no signs of a lack of commitment.

On Wednesday, Milak put up a time of 50.95 in the men’s 100 butterfly during the finals session at the second Mare Nostrum Tour stop in Barcelona, tying his series record set in 2021.

Milak’s swim also marked a new season-best, as he went under the 50.99 clocking he put up at the Hungarian Championships seven weeks ago.

The 24-year-old moves up one spot in the world rankings, inching past Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto for 7th in 2023-24.

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Fly

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Liendo
05/19
50.06
2 Noe
PONTI
SUI50.1604/06
3Caeleb
DRESSEL
USA50.1906/22
4Matthew William
Temple
AUS50.2512/03
5Maxime
GROUSSET
FRA50.5906/21
6Kristof
MILAK
HUN50.7506/02
7Thomas
HEILMAN
USA50.8006/22
8Dare
ROSE
USA50.8406/22
8Hubert
KOS
HUN50.8404/12
10Andrei
MINAKOV
RUS50.8604/16
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Milak notably had an improved back half relative to what he managed in April, closing in 26.85 after a conservative 24.10 opening 50.

Split Comparison

Milak, April 2024 Milak, May 2024
23.72 24.10
50.99 (27.27) 50.95 (26.85)

The fact that Milak tied the Mare Nostrum Record he set in June 2021 is a very positive sign heading into the Olympics. Shortly after that in-season swim three years ago, he rocketed to one of the fastest 100 fly swims in history at the Tokyo Games, winning silver in 49.68 while also winning gold in the 200 fly.

Milak also swam the 50 free on Wednesday—shortly before the 100 fly—and placed 4th in a time of 22.25, having set a personal best of 21.89 last month.

He’s scheduled to race the 100 free and 200 fly on Thursday.

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mcswammerstein
24 days ago

MiLaK iS oUt Of ShApE

Swimdad
24 days ago

He takes years off from practicing and still pop off the number 7 best time in the world. Talk about natural talent. He and Dressel will be fun to watch in the summer.

Winkelschleifer
25 days ago

Interesting to see how a lot of top swimmers are testing an experimenting with their back half speed before the olympics. If Milak is on point in Paris he should be able to split a 26 flat. And Dressel has a strong and Improved back half, too, as he showed the last months.
It could definitly be a whole poduim under 50 seconds.

PBJSwimming
Reply to  Winkelschleifer
24 days ago

Who else is going under 50? Liendo?

Sub13
Reply to  PBJSwimming
24 days ago

Liendo, Temple and Grousset have all been 50.2 or better this season

snailSpace
Reply to  Sub13
24 days ago

Ponti.

‘Murica
Reply to  Sub13
24 days ago

That’s not sub 50

Lotus
Reply to  Sub13
24 days ago

When did grousset go 50.2 lol. Hes been going high 51s

Beginner Swimmer at 25
25 days ago

who the hell is he training with. why won’t anybody tell us

PBJSwimming
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
25 days ago

@coachpeterandrew
😉

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
24 days ago

shane tusup

Astur
25 days ago

stop with these “reports”, if he is swimming that fast without proper training then he is the most gifted swimmer in history. I think he is super talented and will win both 100 & 200 fly.

hin qaiyang
Reply to  Astur
25 days ago

I thought these reports were a bit fishy 🐟

Wanna Sprite
Reply to  Astur
25 days ago

He is the most gifted swimmer in history. At least top 3. He broke the 2fly world record with doing zero underwaters. His stroke looks like he has fins on. He is definitely training but the reports may have been accurate to some extent at the time they came out

Swammer
Reply to  Wanna Sprite
24 days ago

The fact that his freestyle looks God awful but is still very fast makes me believe he might be one of the greatest talents the sport has ever seen

Brownish
Reply to  Swammer
24 days ago

Perhaps you didn’t see how he’s swimming free this year.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Wanna Sprite
24 days ago

0 underwaters is just an exaggeration. He was taking like 4 when he first broke 1:51.

And have we already forgotten about Phelps, Ledecky, and Thorpe? Dressel who actually has 2 more individual gold medals than Milak and world titles in 50s and 100s of free and fly?

Popovici went 46.8 and 1:42.9 as a 17 year old. Thorpe went 3:41 as a 16 year old in briefs with actual no underwaters, and I don’t think I have to say anything about Phelps and Ledecky. It’s a crowded field to say the least. I’d like to see Milak get a world record in freestyle or at least an Olympic/World title in it before going further.

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Last edited 24 days ago by Mr Piano
snailSpace
Reply to  Mr Piano
24 days ago

He’s a better flyer than Phelps and the 50 is pretty irrelevant in any stroke, if it’s about technique. Nobody considers Dressel that much of a generational talent (compared to the others you’ve mentioned), because he emerged relatively old (20 yo), and the key of his success is insane sprint ability (reaction time, start, turn, UWs), but none of that is actually swimming (the UW part is debatable but it’s still not a stroke that has its own events). Both his greatest competitors in the last few years – Chalmers and Milak himself – have faster over-water speed (that doesn’t mean he isn’t a phenomenal swimmer ofc).

The thing with Milak is that since 2020 basically he didn’t have a… Read more »

Mr Piano
Reply to  snailSpace
24 days ago

If you think the 50 is irrelevant then we’re on two completely different wavelengths lol. There’s a reason they call the winner of the 100m in track the fastest man alive, and the 50 is swimming’s equivalent of it. Dressel was that guy for 5 years. The start and underwaters are part of the sport. You can’t just discount them. And it’s not like Milak hasn’t had killer underwaters since 2021

Swimdad
Reply to  Astur
24 days ago

200fly maybe, not 100fly. Dressel got that one.

Frenchie
25 days ago

“I didn’t study but still got an A” energy

Z Tech
25 days ago

Hungarian head coach next week “Milak disappeared again I’m very worried”

Astur
Reply to  Z Tech
25 days ago

Maybe he disappeared but still trained and swam, because he is always delivering super fast times. Heavy favorite to win 100 & 200 fly imo.

Lisa
Reply to  Astur
25 days ago

I’m not sure about 100 cause that is wide open but we’ll see.

Z Tech
Reply to  Lisa
25 days ago

Yeah look at that top 3 right now. I wouldn’t bet it on it but it’s possible Dressel Milak and Grousset all fail to medal.

Summer in Paris
Reply to  Z Tech
24 days ago

I would not be surprised if 100 fly Winner is *anyone* of the 8 finalists.

That’s how deep m100fly right now.

hin qaiyang
Reply to  Z Tech
25 days ago

“He has missed 10 out of the last 8 practices and hasnt done meaningful work for years!”

Mako
Reply to  hin qaiyang
24 days ago

Maybe he just swam (trained) at a different time slot 🙂

snailSpace
25 days ago

This kind of puts the “Milak was tapered for nationals” theory to rest. Surely, he didn’t taper for Mare Nostrum, and he was faster here.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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