Milak Hits 1:52.5, Kapas Drops 2:06.9 in 200 Fly at Hungarian Champs Prelims

2021 HUNGARIAN SPRING NATIONALS

Day one of the Hungarian Spring Nationals kicked off today in Budapest, as Kristof Milak is off to a very hot start. Prelims are being held at 5pm local time and then finals are the next morning at 9:30, shifting due to the Olympics in Tokyo holding prelims at night and finals the next morning.

The 200 butterfly World Record-holder posted the quickest time of the prelims in that same event,  blasting a 1:52.50 to finish more than four seconds ahead of David Verraszto (1:57.03) and Hubert Kos (1:57.21).

Milak now rules the global rankings by more than two seconds, improving on his previously #2 time of 1:54.98 in December and unseating his countrymate Tamas Kenderesi (1:54.64). Today, Kenderesi was well off the pace, touching seventh at 1:58.70, while veteran Laszlo Cseh was fourth (1:58.28).

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Fly

KristofHUN
Milak
05/19
1:51.10
2Tomoru
Honda
JPN1:53.7307/28
3Federico
Burdisso
ITA1:54.2805/19
4Tamas
Kenderesi
HUN1:54.3705/18
5Eddie
Wang
TPE1:54.4407/26
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Milak’s time in prelims today was still well off his best time and WR of 1:50.73, but only he and Michael Phelps have been 1:52.50 or faster in history.

Milak was also 22.31 to lead the 50 free prelims, just ahead of Szebasztian Szabo (22.40) and Nandor Nemeth (22.45). 2004-born Valentin Tschaikov clocked a new best of 23.02 for sixth.

In the women’s 200 fly, Hungary’s depth again shone through. Boglarka Kapas made it happen, posting the top time of the prelims at 2:06.85. The reigning World Champion was over a second quicker than 200/400 IM World Record-holder Katinka Hosszu, who posted a 2:08.54, while distance phenom Ajna Kesely was third in 2:09.89. That’s Kesely’s first time under 2:10, and her first best in the event since 2018.

Kapas moves to #3 in the world this year with her swim. This is her second time under 2:07 ever, and she’s right on her lifetime best of 2:06.78 from 2019 Worlds.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Fly

ZhangCHN
Yufei
07/29
2:03.86
2Regan
Smith
USA2:05.3007/29
3Zhang
Yifan
CHN2:05.4912/31
4Hali
Flickinger
USA2:05.6507/29
5Boglarka
Kapas
HUN2:06.5005/20
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Richard Bohus broke 54 in the 100 back, leading at 53.89, which is just two-tenths off of his lifetime best. Benedek Kovacs was second in a lifetime best 54.12, not far behind. Katalin Burian challenged the minute mark on the women’s side, going 1:00.02 to just miss her best by .01.

OTHER TOP SWIMS

  • Petra Senanszky led the women’s 50 free prelims with a 25.67.
  • In the men’s 100 breast, Csaba Szilagyi neared the minute barrier, going 1:00.50, the only finisher under 1:01.
  • 2002-born Eszter Bekesi led the women’s 100 breast prelims at 1:08.79.

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Jero Martinez
1 year ago

Wow, he goes one of the fastest times in history and in prelims!! Can’t wait to see what happens in Tokyo

ooo
1 year ago

Did he just go 1:51.40 ? (my Hungarian is not up to speed and the tv channel does not show the timer https://mediaklikk.hu/m4-elo)

Ytho
Reply to  ooo
1 year ago

Yes, 1:51.4

Kim
Reply to  Ytho
1 year ago

Seto and Urlando – don’t even bother to enter the this race 🙂

Troyy
Reply to  Kim
1 year ago

They swimmin for minor medals.

The Unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Kim
1 year ago

Well, not really. Seto is clear sivler medal favourite. At home in Tokyo he could drop a bit of time and Milak will need to be good to beat him. Of course if Milak goes 1.50 or 1.49 it is a foregone conclusion.

Kim
Reply to  The Unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

And what indicates that Milak would be slower in four months time? Seto´s pb.: 1.52.5.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Kim
1 year ago

Seto’s recent performance and the mental status he showed in interviews make me think he won’t set PB at Olympics.

ooo
Reply to  Ytho
1 year ago

Thanks

Goag
1 year ago

1:51.4 in the finals

Ytho
Reply to  Goag
1 year ago

1:45.0 free incoming

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Ytho
1 year ago

I’ve always been thinking there’s no reason why a 1:50 200 flyer is not capable of at least 1:45 200 free, but he will have to handle a 100 fly/ 200 free double at this meet so we’ll see.

Last edited 1 year ago by Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Istar13
Reply to  Goag
1 year ago

Swim of the week! 😉

The Unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Goag
1 year ago

That is crazy

Brownish
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Thanks.

Peter
1 year ago

Hosszu was swimming those times in SCM during ISL, encouraging signs for her

Dee
1 year ago

Ukrainian Champs were a few weeks ago too – Some eye-catching swims that I don’t think I have seen reported here:

Volodymyr Lisovets almost broke the minute barrier in the 100br (1.00.42) – He was born in 2004 and dropped 3s. Romanchuk went 7.48 in the 800 and Shevtsov was 48.4 in the 100.

Mab
1 year ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG70CEmOk2w
Milak 200 fly at the 51 min mark

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 year ago

A 1.52.50 is awesome but what also caught my eye was his 22.31 in the 50FS which is really sharp for a 200 flyer. I think he’ll surprise in the 100FS and more so in the 200FS. You can add Milak’s name to a stacked field for the 200FS in Tokyo.

Swimfan
1 year ago

Interested to see what Kos, Nemeth and Zombori will do.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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