Kristof Milak Rips Near Lifetime-Best In 100 Fly To Kick-off Budapest

2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP #2 – BUDAPEST

Day 1 Prelims Highlights

Stop #2 of the 2021 FINA World Cup Series got underway this morning in Budapest, with host nation swimmer Kristof Milak making his presence known from the get-go.

Kicking off his campaign in the men’s 100m fly, 21-year-old casually ripped a morning swim of 50.60 to lead the field, one which includes American Tom Shields and Aussie Matt Temple. The pair will flank the Hungarian this evening, having clocked times of 51.02 and 51.41, respectively.

For Milak, he opened in 23.35 and closed in 27.25 to snare lane 4 for this evening’s final. His time of 50.60 is just off his own lifetime best of 50.28 from 2 years ago and is within striking distance of Olympic icon Laszlo Cseh‘s national record of 49.33 from 2015.

Of note, South African Chad Le Clos was not in the field, despite having been on the start lists.

Young gun Matt Sates of South Africa was also in the water this morning, racking up finals slots in the 400m free and 100m IM. In the former, he posted a morning swim of 3:45.47 in the former and 53.67 in the latter.

The top-seeded men’s 400m freestyler is Austrian ace Felix Auboeck, who landed lane 4 in 3:43.01, just .08 ahead of Dutchman Luc Kroon‘s 3:43.09. The top-seeded 100m IMer on the morning for the men is represented by Slovak Adam Halas who just produced a new national record of 53.57.

For the women, American Cavan Gormsen led the 400m freestyle pack, but just barely, as the top 3 seeds are all within .4 of one another. Gormsen, just 16 years of age, hit 4:04.46 while Germany’s Isabel Gose was next in line in 4:04.49. Another American in 16-year-old Erin Gemmell was right there as well in 4:04.86.

Of note, the 4th-seeded swimmer Katja Fain earned a new Slovak record in the event with her heats swim of 4:05.22.

Aussie Olympic golden girl Emma McKeon did her thing in the 50m freestyle, capturing the top spot in 23.69, as teammate Kyle Chalmers bowed out of the 100m fly once again, but did take the 2nd seed in the 50m free in 21.29 to Dutch speedster Jeese Puts‘ 21.04.

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Ragnar
1 month ago

Milak may just be 48.9 in Paris depending on his potentially expanded schedule, with Caelebs known workload he’ll need the perfect race to keep up. Already counting down for next summer

Tony
Reply to  Ragnar
1 month ago

Tokyo was Milak’s FIRST EVER breaking of 50 seconds in long course. If — a big if — Milak can get down to 48.9, who’s to say Dressel can’t lower his 49.45 WR (despite a long turn) to 48.9 or below.

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

If dressel doesn’t fix his turns and finish, Milak will take gold

Last edited 1 month ago by Swimmerfromjapananduk
Tony
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

Turns are more of a problem for Milak, as demonstrated in his short course loss to Shields today.

Jarvis
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

Yeah, but Milak swam a 50.6 scm 😆

50free
1 month ago

Look at le clos insta said he had an injry or fall or something

Hswimmer
Reply to  50free
1 month ago

“Resting for ISL” you mean.. jk

Just give the trophy to the condors already
1 month ago

Milak 47.6 tonight new WR

Tony

From 50.6 to 47.6 — I think not. Dressel’s WR (47.78) will stand easily.

Yoo

This aged well

Tony
Reply to  Yoo
1 month ago

Indeed it did. 🙂
Congrats to Tom Shields on a great win over Milak.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tony
Yoo
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

Love how you said 2nd guy under 49 then edited it out cuz you forgot le clos lol

Tony
Reply to  Yoo
1 month ago

Mistakes happen; correcting them is what matters. (Besides, le Clos has made it kind of easy to forget about him this past year.)

PVSFly
1 month ago

The times in the third paragraph got me tripping

whever
1 month ago

Milak’s SC 100 fly PB is still slower than his LC 100 fly PB. And his 200 fly SC PB is only 0.75s faster than the LC one. Doesn’t seem to be a good short course swimmer.

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

He’s still good, like his 200 is better than like everyone out there, just not as good as when he is swimming long course.

str
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Yes short course is not his strength. He already said that he hated SC. However this year he’s gonna do tons of SC, the World Cup, the European SC championships, the Hungarian SC nationals, and maybe the Worlds SC in Abu Dhabi. Anyway if he wants to sprint and turn better, SC is a good chance to learn.

Mr Piano
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Also milak is like not tapered at all. He probably did like 20x100s fly for cool down after this.

PFA
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he asked MP for a couple sets that he did 15-20 years ago

Tomaž Podobnik
1 month ago

Again, as in one of the previous posts about the WC: Katja Fain is a Slovenian, not a Slovak, swimmer
(that’s a difference). Similarly, for example, for those, interested in cycling: Primož Roglič and
Tadej Pogačar are Slovenians, whereas Peter Sagan is a Slovak.

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