Milak Grabs Second Gold In As Many Days At Hungarian SC Championships

2022 HUNGARIAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Wednesday, November 16th – Saturday, November 19th
  • Csík Ferenc Competition Stadium, Kaposvár, Hungary
  • SCM (25m)
  • Entries
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Results

Day two of the 2022 Hungarian Short Course Championships brought the heat, with Kristof Milak, Hubert Kos and more taking to the Csík Ferenc Competition Stadium pool.

We reported on 19-year-old Kos’ new national record in the men’s 100m IM, where the Bob Bowman-trained teen put up a lifetime best of 52.82.

Splitting 23.75/29.07, Kos outperformed his own previous lifetime best of 54.11 from just last month, while also overtaking David Foldhazi‘s old Hungarian standard of 53.00 from 2017.

You can read more about Kos’s first-ever Hungarian national record here.

Earlier in the session Kos also snagged silver in the men’s 100m back, posting a time of 51.81. That got to the wall about half a second behind Richard Bohus who grabbed gold in 51.32.

While Bohus’ national record of 50.58 from 2019 remains intact, Kos’ result in the event checked in as a new personal best, crushing the teen’s previous 1back PB of 55.03 from 2018.

29-year-old Bohus gave a nod to his own longevity post-race, saying, “It’s a good feeling that you’re still going, even so, with quite a few extra kilos, and at such an age… Well, now I’m the grandfather among the swimmers, but I really enjoy being here and that I can still hold the competition with the young people.”

World Record holder Milak posted his second personal best in as many days, taking the men’s 200m fly convincingly tonight.

Milak hit a time of 1:49.86 to slice .12 off of his prior career-quickest result of 1:49.98 from 2 years ago. Tonight, Milak opened in 52.79 and closed in 57.19 to come within a second of Laszlo Cseh‘s Hungarian record of 1:49.00.

The silver medal went to Richard Marton who touched in 1:51.10, whom Milak credits with helping him score such a quick effort this evening.

“I counted on [Marton] not to give up, that’s why the times were so good, we brought out the best in each other. I knew that he would come in the second 100, he is very good at that.

“I went at my own pace, I swam my own race, I’m glad it turned out that way. Actually, it goes like this, he beats me in training and I beat him in the competition. That’s why I like it that way,” said Milak.

Last night Milak won the men’s 100m freestyle, logging a new lifetime best of 46.72 and he was also in the 50m free this evening.

The 22-year-old got to the wall in a time of 21.03, a time that missed out on gold by only.02. It was Szebasztian Szabo who touched in 21.01 to stand atop the podium. Nandor Nemeth was the only other man under 22-seconds in the final, stopping the clock in a mark of 21.62.

The women’s 50m free saw Petra Senanszky get the job done in 24.56 as the only racer under the 25-second barrier. Her time tonight came within .26 of her own national record of 24.30, a time she produced last year.

Gerda Szilagyi was the fastest woman in the 100m back, producing a winning effort of 59.42. She narrowly kept runner-up Dora Molnar at bay, with 16-year-old Molnar closing fast to touch in 59.49. Lora Komoroczy was also in the mix, earning a time of 59.84.

Additional Winners

  • The women’s 200m fly saw Laura Ilyes top the field in a time of 2:07.78. Runner-up was Dalma Sebestyen in 2:08.36 while 2019 world champion Boglarka Kapas also landed on the podium in 2:08.62.
  • David Betlehem logged a winning effort of 14:36.83 to take the men’s 1500m free while Viktoria Mihalyvari-Farkas was the women’s winner in 16:09.61.

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Kim
2 months ago

Milak faster than last year in the 200 fly (1.49.98 to 1.51.11 at the SC Euros), finally a sub 1.50 (LC) in Fukuoka next summer 🙂

Last edited 2 months ago by Kim
mahaney
2 months ago

why was the 100IM NR only a 53.00? did cseh never swim this event? (ever)

tkrisz
Reply to  mahaney
2 months ago

(Most of ) Hungarian swimmers are not good at turns, sprint events and (nowadays) breaststroke. For a long period of time Hungary did not even participate in SC international championships, only a few smimmers took it seriously. He has a 53.11 from 2012, NR at that time. I checked ESC Ch. results from that year. That would have been enough for 5th place only.

TerryO
Reply to  mahaney
2 months ago

He tried a lot, but the best time was 53,11 by Cseh. But he liked 400 medley & 200 fly in short course as well, so its no a surprise. The best 100 medley swimmers are rarely the best medley swimmers. Nearly Katinka is the only one, who had above average 100 time. Which is the World Record…, but she had an insane underwater and turns during the Tusup times.

NathenDrake
Reply to  mahaney
2 months ago

He tried a lot, but the best time was 53,11 by Cseh. But he liked 400 medley & 200 fly in short course as well, so its no a surprise. The best 100 medley swimmers are rarely the best medley swimmers. Nearly Katinka is the only one, who had above average 100 time. Which is the World Record…, but she had an insane underwater and turns during the Tusup times.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  mahaney
2 months ago

200/400 medley swimmers aren’t quick enough for the 100IM.

2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

I am impressed with his 50 time!

Calisurf
2 months ago

Is he coming to the Worlds in Dec.?

Classic_Swimmer
Reply to  Calisurf
2 months ago

No, only Szebastián Szabó and Zsuzsanna Jakabos.

NathenDrake
Reply to  Classic_Swimmer
2 months ago

Zsu in nonsense, she is washed-up and in a terrible from. While Szabó’s form is getting better.

And all-around I dont know how the hell Hungary wants a proper SC results in 2024, when Hungary will be the host of the SC Worlds.

Last edited 2 months ago by NathenDrake
Classic_Swimmer
Reply to  NathenDrake
2 months ago

Well, the reason is money. Hungary’s swimming cannot afford the travel costs to Australia. For both mentioned swimmers FINA will pay otherwise Hungary would have skipped short course worlds completely.

https://swimsportnews.de/12313-kein-geld-ungarn-schickt-nur-zwei-aktive-zur-kurzbahn-wm

(sorry, german link)

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