Kristof Milak Roars To Wall In 2nd Best Performance All-Time – 1:51.40


Yesterday world record holder Kristof Milak put up a monster performance in the heats of the men’s 200m fly, rocking an effort of 1:52.50. That alone was already one of the fastest in history, with just himself and American Olympic icon Michael Phelps having been faster. You can read more about Milak’s phenomenal heats swim here.

However, it turns out that result was merely the tip of the iceberg as the 21-year-old world champion turned in a finals time of 1:51.40 here in Budapest. That’s right – 1:51.40, a mark which represents the 2nd fastest performance of all-time. His outing here this morning beat out the previous World Record of Phelps’ which was the 1:51.51 Milak took over at the last edition of the World Championships. As such, this outing this morning represents just the 3rd time in history that’s been under 1:52.

Milak crushed an opening 100m of 52.73, before clinching the victory in a backhalf of 58.67. That easily topped the podium here at Hungarian Spring Nationals, with the next-best swimmer represented by Olympic medalist Tamas Kenderesi who touched in 1:56.02. David Verraszto rounded out the top 3 in 1:57.22.

Milak owns the world record in the 1:50.73 historic result he posted at the 2019 FINA World Championships en route to grabbing gold there in Gwangju. In that race, the man who was hit with coronavirus and missed the entire ISL season last year, split 52.88/57.85.

After the race this morning, Milak stated. “The last fifty did pretty badly.” He also stated that his ‘serious preparation’ for the Olympic Games begins now, which makes us a little nervous about what’s in store for Tokyo based on this ‘untrained’ nearly record-breaking performance.

Top 5 All-Time Men’s 200m Butterfly Performances

  1. Kristof Milak, 1:50.73, 2019
  2. Kristof Milak, 1:51.40, 2021
  3. Michael Phelps, 1:51.51, 2009
  4. Michael Phelps, 1:52.03, 2008
  5. Michael Phelps, 1:52.09, 2007

As a bonus, Milak also took the men’s 50m free event this morning, crushing a time of 22.19. That’s a big-time personal best for the man whose previous career-quickest was represented by 22.66 from just this past February. Milak now becomes Hungary’s 4th fastest 50m freestyler ever.

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Steve Nolan
2 months ago

Honestly, I think he has a shot at winning this event this summer. Someone to remember for your pick ’ems.

Last edited 2 months ago by Steve Nolan
Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

he’s the reigning world champ and world record holder… no one’s within seconds of him. I think this is almost as easy to predict as peaty… unless I’m missing something?

Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

You mean 200 fly? I think everyone knows since 2019 that 200 fly is a lock for Milak. He is the WR holder and nobody can go anywhere near his best time. I assume it was a joke from your side.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Attis76
2 months ago

I am not joking, I think he can win.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

He definitely could win this in Tokyo.

Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

From his 50 free I’d say he’s a solid dark horse in the 100m free. Wouldnt be surprised if he drops something like a 47.5 100 free this week.

Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

Tough call for sure. I think Peaty could come out of nowhere to have a chance to win the 100 breast as well. I know both are long shots, but gotta maximize those pick ’em points and choose some that others aren’t

2 months ago

Big dog gotta eat.

Reply to  Swammer
2 months ago

Sure gotta.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 months ago

21.8 50?!?!?! Holy cow. Milak is an elite sprint freestyler now.

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 months ago

Correct time is 22,19, they forgot to update the link

Reply to  Rafael
2 months ago

oh thanks. Still very solid time.

Dányi Péter
2 months ago

And 48:00 today in 100 freestyle in the morning 🙂

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