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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monsterbasher
5 months ago

Casually goes a time that would have won 99% of World championships an Olympics.

SwimSam
Reply to  monsterbasher
5 months ago

everything but 07,08 and 09, plus would casually be the #2 performer all time if he weren’t the WR holder

Joe
Reply to  monsterbasher
5 months ago

6th fastest time in history. 3rd if you discount supersuits. Only his own WR and one of the most legendary GOAT swims of all time (1:52.09 in 2007 in the FS2 jammers) are quicker in textile.

This is some serious fire.

Last edited 5 months ago by Joe
Hswimmer
5 months ago

👀👀

The unoriginal Tim
5 months ago

That is a beast of a prelim swim.

tkrisz
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
5 months ago

One reason could be that Hungarian selection for major international events is time based, not ranking based. Since prelims are in the afternoon and finals are in the morning and several swimmers can swim faster in the afternoon than in the morning, some of them may go for a good prelim time instead of (or beside) the gold. (Most of the international swimmers already have plenty of domestic golds.)

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  tkrisz
5 months ago

Thanks for this information. It makes more sense now and as you indicated the final may well be slower given it is in the morning.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  tkrisz
5 months ago

She looked strong & steady in her swim too, a good sign for her as a former COVID sufferer.

AnEn
5 months ago

So does this meeting have any relevance for olympic qualification?

Sarcastic
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

It’s their qualifier, so yes!

sdfasdfkjlj
5 months ago

1:49 incoming?

flex tape cant fix that
5 months ago

starting to think that 1:49 at tokyo is possible 😳

He said what?
Reply to  flex tape cant fix that
5 months ago

I hope so!

Dave
5 months ago

Very soon to be swimming that fast!!

Troyy
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

Milak was 1:53.19 at this time in 2019.

Joe
5 months ago

Is this Hungary’s olympic qualifying meet?

tkrisz
Reply to  Joe
5 months ago

Yes, but qualification is based on best time in a given period. This meet is the last one of that period. The core of the Hungarian team to be published about next Wednesday. Head coach Sós said that he will not close qualification in certain events due to covid. Qualification will remain open in those events as well (till the end of global qualification period), where Hungary has no two A cut times.

Joe
Reply to  tkrisz
5 months ago

thanks, good to know

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Karl Ortegon

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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