Coming off of his earth-shattering world record performance in the 200 butterfly at the World Championships back in July, Hungarian Kristof Milak has settled back into training to gear up for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
However, despite becoming the fastest man in history by nearly eight-tenths of a second in the event, the 19-year-old is putting the 200 fly on the back-burner for the next few months.
“In the fall months, I don’t even want to strain on the Olympics, I want to have fun in the competitions and I want to prepare for other (distances) and other (strokes),” he said, translated from his native Hungarian, with Newzeti Sport.
He continues in saying he wants to focus more on speed work right now, “rather than constantly pushing that ‘crazy’ 200 butterfly … I’ve done enough.”
After a follow-up question asking if he hates training for one of the most gruelling events in swimming, Milak replied “no, I just don’t feel like swimming (it) for a while. I’m a little fed up with it and I don’t feel the need to practice this (swim) in the coming weeks or months.”
In the interview, he also discusses his position as the gold medal favorite in the event next year, how he’s dealt with the media attention he’s received since the World Championships, and his potential event lineup next summer.
Check out the full interview, in Hungarian, here.