Milak, Hosszu & Cseh (In Breaststroke) Head To ‘4 Nations Meet’


  • Friday, July 24th – Sunday, July 26th
  • Széchy Swimming Arena, Budapest
  • 50m (LCM)
  • Entries

The inaugural 2020 ‘4 Nations’ Swimming Meet is set to take place from July 24th to July 26th at the Széchy Swimming Arena on Margaret Island in Budapest.

The competition was originally designed to see talent stemming from Austria, Hungary, Germany, and the Czech Republic, but plans have changed since the initial announcement. As we reported early last month, the nation of Germany declined to participate.

Poland has been added to the mix, with the likes of Marcin Cieslak, Filip Zaborowski, Kacper Stokowski and Kacper Majchrzak among the entrants. European Youth Olympic Festival Wiktoria Gusc is also scheduled to race.

Austria’s lineup is stacked with some of its best athletes. Marlene Kahler, Lena Grabowski, Felix Auböck and Christopher Rothbauer are among those expected to take to the Budapest pool in a matter of days.

17-year-old Grabowski logged a new Austrian national standard of 2:10.06 in the 200m back while competing at the FINA World Cup in Berlin.

Entering 2020, both Rothbauer and Kahler made their marks known while competing at the Berlin Open in February. The former notched times of 1:00.53 and 2:09.88, respectively in the men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke events to write his name onto the Austrian record books.

Kahler’s big swim came in the 800m free at the same meet, where the 19-year-old’s 8:32.51 performance established a new national record as well.

For Auböck’s part, the man earned the 1650y freestyle NCAA title while representing the University of Michigan at last year’s NCAA Championships.

The Hungarians will be hard to beat at this meet, however, with the host nation bringing its A-list of competitors. Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu is entered in both IM events, while newly-minted 200m fly world record holder Kristof Milak is set to contest that race, along with two freestyle events and the sprint fly.

Veteran Laszlo Cseh is also one to watch at this meet, with the Olympic icon taking on his usual 100m and 200m fly combo, but also opting for the 100m breast. Cseh’s lifetime best in this off event rests at the 1:05.38 he put up nearly 5 years ago at a domestic meet. That’s his one and only effort represented in the international times databases, so his performance in the 100m breast is rather unpredictable once this meet gets underway.

The Czech Republic entries are unable to be confirmed at this time.

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3 years ago

Wish they could live steam it somewhere. If they really weren’t out of the water much there could be some very fast swimming from milak

Reply to  Virtus
3 years ago

The meet will be broadcasted on the national sport channel M4, which streams its program here:

Reply to  Virtus
3 years ago

Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 6PM CET

3 years ago

Can I go there without any tickets? Or where Can I buy them?

Reply to  SuperSwimmer1212
3 years ago

Unfortunatelly it will be a meet without spectators.

He Said What?
3 years ago

I love watching Kristof’s stroke. It is mesmerizing. I regret that we missed the first 1:49 200 fly this summer. Maybe next year?

The Unoriginal Tim
Reply to  He Said What?
3 years ago

The Hungarian team were barely out of the water I think. Why not at this meet?

Reply to  The Unoriginal Tim
3 years ago

This is false information, they began the trainings in water some time in May, some of them even later. The younger ones like Ajna, and Kristof had some problems with motivation, and couldn’t handle so well the situation, Fortunately for a few weeks they are working harder again and focusing on swimming. So even their coaches are not expecting fast times from the “big” names.

3 years ago

This will be fun to watch!

3 years ago

Just realized that this meet is almost exactly 1 year since Milak swam his WR!

Reply to  swimfan210_
3 years ago

Such a shock we still call him the “newly minted” we holder

3 years ago

Surprised Katinka isn’t swimming everything

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