2022 HUNGARIAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, November 16th – Saturday, November 19th
- Csík Ferenc Competition Stadium, Kaposvár, Hungary
- SCM (25m)
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap
The 2022 Hungarian Short Course Championships wrapped up from Kaposvar tonight but not before Kristof Milak wrangled up another gold.
Competing in the men’s 100m butterfly this evening, 22-year-old Milak posted a winning effort of 49.56. That represented the only sub-50 second of the field, with Szebasztian Szabo getting to the wall in 50.21 for silver while Richard Marton rounded out the top 3 in 51.13.
Milak opened in 22.76 and closed in 26.80 to come within .23 of Laszlo Cseh‘s longstanding Hungarian national standard. Cseh produced the 49.33 record in 2015 en route to winning that year’s European Short Course Championships title.
For Milak, his personal best entering this meet rested at the 49.71 he produced in the semi-finals of the 2021 European Short Course Championships. There in Kazan Milak found himself off the podium, ultimately posting a mark of 49.88 for 4th place.
With his performance here, Milak now moves up on the all-time Hungarian list from #3 to #2, hopping over tonight’s silver medalist Szabo.
On his performance this evening, Milak stated, “I wanted to swim a national record, but it went away in my third 25m, which I regret. I didn’t feel so confident about the paces and the pulls, but I could still have succeeded because by the fourth day I felt that I was really getting in shape. This is when the serious part begins at a world competition, the weak begin to fall, and the strong reach the top – of course, we are really preparing for them, now I did it with momentum.”
- Adam Telegdy topped the men’s 200m backstroke podium, posting a winning effort of 1:51.03, the 4th fastest time of his career.
- Dora Molnar got her hand on the wall first in the women’s 200m back, producing a time of 2:06.10. That edged out Eszter Szabo-Feltothy who got to the wall less than half a second later in 2:06.42.
- Bettina Fabian topped the women’s 800m free podium in a time of 8:25.67. Kristof Rasovszky got it done for the men, hitting a new national record of 7:39.21 in the process.
- The men’s 50m breast saw Oliver Gal post a winning time of 27.45 while Anna Sztankovics was the fastest of the women’s field in 30.58 tonight.
- Panna Ugrai logged a time of 57.96 to take the women’s 100m butterfly race. She became Hungary’s 5th fastest performer all-time in the process.