Kristof Milak Shatters Mare Nostrum Record With 1:53.89 200 Fly


Hungarian star Kristof Milak left the field in his wake on Thursday during the second night of finals from the 2022 Mare Nostrum Tour in Barcelona, dominating the men’s 200 fly field en route to setting a new series record.

The 22-year-old Olympic gold medalist was in a tight race with South African Chad Le Clos through the first 100 meters, but Milak pulled away on the back half and went on to win comfortably in a time of 1:53.89.

That swim broke both the Barcelona and overall Mare Nostrum Series Record of 1:54.42, set by Le Clos back in 2016.

Milak’s swim falls just .01 shy of his season-best 1:53.88, set at the Hungarian Championships last month, which ranks him second in the world this season behind Olympic silver medalist Tomoru Honda (1:53.87) of Japan.

Split Comparison

More conservative on the opening 50, Milak was nearly seven-tenths quicker on the third 50 compared to his splitting last month.

Milak, April 2022 Milak, May 2022
24.86 25.20
53.93 (29.07) 54.30 (29.10)
1:24.24 (30.31) 1:23.93 (29.63)
1:53.88 (29.64) 1:53.89 (29.96)

Le Clos’ splits from the previous Mare Nostrum Record aren’t fully available (missing the 50 splits on the back half), though he was 54.69 at the 100 before closing in 59.73, compared to Milak’s 54.30/59.59.

In Barcelona, Switzerland’s Noe Ponti emerged as the runner-up in a time of 1:56.03, followed by Brazilian veteran Leonardo de Deus (1:56.18) and then Le Clos (1:56.38).

Milak set the world record of 1:50.73 in the event at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, and followed up by winning Olympic gold last summer in 1:51.25.

He notably produced the second-fastest swim of his career right around this time last year, 1:51.10, but that was at the European Championships, which were in May in 2021 but will be held in August this year.

In one month’s time, Milak will be eyeing a title defense of his World Championship crown before seeking a third straight European title later in the summer.

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4 months ago

I think he is not happy with his form. He said he was sick before and after the nationals, and very far from where he wants to be, and that better times expected at Europeans, rather than worlds.

Nathen Drake
Reply to  zzzzzz
4 months ago

Sadly his new teammates brutally underperforming. Only Márton has some decent times at the nationals.
Personally I think Virth is not the right coach for him.

Reply to  Nathen Drake
4 months ago

I think Kapas is dealing with an injury.

Nathen Drake
Reply to  olivy
4 months ago

Its true, she has or had a lower back injury. Missed like nearly two month of training. But a junior girl and two guys are in the Virth team, one of them is Gábor Zombori, a youth 400 freestyle world champion.
He is nowhere to his old form.
The other girl is Laura Veres, who is still just 17 and I dont know why she will race the at the European Championship. She should still race at the youth level. Her times in 200 free are like 3 seconds slower then last year.

Nathen Drake
4 months ago

This was Milák 19th swim under 1:54. The rest of the world has 39.

Reply to  Nathen Drake
4 months ago

Phelps has 14… just damn

Nathen Drake
Reply to  IM FAN
4 months ago

But the legend retired in 2016. I think his percentage was better at that point.
Milak has his first sub 1:54 swim in at the youth european championship in 2017. june 30.

Nathen Drake
Reply to  IM FAN
4 months ago

At the end of 2016. 30 times was under 1:54, 14 was by Phelps.
The results are nearly the same with Milak and under 1:53. He has 9, the rest of the World 9 as well.

Last edited 4 months ago by Nathen Drake
4 months ago

Chad with the ouchie back half

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  zdhamme86
4 months ago

What’s new

4 months ago

That time is still a far cry from his 1:50.73 WR set back in 2019. It doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to challenge it at Worlds just 3 weeks from now.

Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

Don’t you ever doubt Kristof Milak! He will be right there in Budapest.

Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

Not necessarily.
1:54.19      22 Jun 2019   Rome (ITA)
1:50.73      24 Jul 2019   Gwangju (KOR)

Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

His time is on par with what he went one month before last year’s Olympics. He’ll be fine.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Flipperz
4 months ago

Have you ever heard of taper?

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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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