Kristof Milak Posts 100 Free Personal Best On Day 1 Of Hungarian SC Championships


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The 2022 Hungarian Short Course Championships kicked off today with World Record holder Kristof Milak making his presence known right off the bat.

Competing in the men’s 100m freestyle, Milak posted a super quick time of 46.72 to beat the field, coming within striking distance of the national record in the process.

After hitting a morning swim of 47.97, Milak opened his final performance in 22.36 and brought it home in 24.36 to notch the only time of the pack under the 47-second threshold. Runner-up was Szebasztian Szabo who got to the wall in 47.07 for silver.

As for Milak, his 46.72 outing here checks in as a new personal best, overtaking his previous PB of 46.93 from last year. The versatile 22-year-old now sits less than half a second off of the Hungarian standard of 46.36 Nandor Nemeth put on the books in 2021.

On his performance, Milak said after the race, “I’m happy with this time, but mostly with the fact that many things I’ve been practicing are coming back. Actually, I’m not saying that I swim much faster, but more skillfully.

This is a short course, the basic thing here is to dolphin kick, especially at 100, the whole world is doing it, I also have to improve in this.”

For his part, Szabo did wind up atop the podium in a different race in tonight’s session, scoring the 50m back victory in a time of 24.02.

The women’s 100m free tonight was won by Panna Ugrai who got the edge over 5-time World Junior Championships gold medalist Nikolett Padar

Ugrai got to the wall in a time of 54.02, just .07 ahead of Padar who touched in 54.09. Her result here scorched her precious career-quickest of 57.59 from 2021 while Padar’s lifetime best remains at 54.05.

Padar was also in the water tonight in the women’s 400m free where she was runner-up once again. She snagged silver in 4:05.39 while Bettina Fabian was the winner in 4:04.50. Boglarka Kapas was also in the race, bagging bronze in 4:06.02.

A battle ensued in the men’s 200m IM, with Adam Telegdy overtaking leader Hubert Kos right at the end. Kos led through the 150m mark, but Teledgdy out split the now-Bob Bowmantrained athlete 26.59 to 27.68 on the freestyle leg.

Telegdy ultimately grabbed gold in 1:54.17 while Kos settled for silver in 1:54.19. Behind the pair was Gabor Zambori who rounded out the top 3 in 1:55.70 as the only other swimmer under the 2:00 threshold.

Telegdy was surprised with the victory, commenting post-race, “I didn’t really expect to win, (Kós) has a much better time than that.

“We haven’t been training for a long time, this might even be a personal best, so I’m satisfied.”

While Kos has been much quicker in 1:52.87, tonight’s outing was indeed a new lifetime best for 27-year-old Telegdy. Entering this meet, Telegdy’s career-best sat at the 1:57.26 put up 2 years ago.

Additional Day 1 Winners

  • Dalma Sebastyen topped the women’s 200m IM podium, producing a winning effort of 2:09.96.
  • Tamas Takacs was the men’s 100m breaststroke gold medalist, clocking a time of 1:00.07 to beat the field.
  • The women’s 100m breast saw Eszter Bekesi get it done for the top spot, hitting 1:06.80.
  • Lora Komoroczy grabbed 50m backstroke gold for the women in 27.09.
  • Balas Hollo produced a winning effort of 3:40.91 to take the men’s 400m free this evening.

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