2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP #2 – BUDAPEST
- Thursday, October 7th – Saturday, October 9th
- Duna Arena, Budapest, Hungary
- SCM (25m)
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Start Lists
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.