Milak Posts 51.5 100 Fly, Kesely Wins Twice on Day 4 of Hungarian Nats

2018 HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2018 Hungarian National Championships have concluded, and Kristof Milak has put down another impressive swim. In the men’s 100 fly, Milak posted a 51.50, well ahead of 2nd place Laszlo Cseh (52.46). While that time is off of Milak’s Hungarian record of 50.62 from last summer, it puts him fourth in the world rankings this season.

2017-2018 LCM MEN 100 FLY

2Piero
CODIA
ITA50.6408/09
3Chad
LE CLOS
RSA50.6504/09
4Jack
CONGER
USA51.0003/01
5Joseph
SCHOOLING
SGP51.0408/22
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Milak also raced the 50 back, taking the title in 25.23, just ahead of Bence Szentes (25.25). Milak turned 18 in February.

Milak could not get to the wall first in the 200 free, though, as Dominik Kozma edged ahead of him. Kozma was 1:47.16, ahead of Milak’s 1:47.97 and Nandor Nemeth‘s 1:48.42.

16-year-old Ajna Kesely took two wins tonight, first in the mile and then in the 200 free. She was 16:33.97 in the mile, the only swimmer under 16:40. In the 200 free, her time of 1:59.62 was the only time under two minutes. Evelyn Verraszto finished 2nd (2:00.42), and Verraszto finished on top earlier in the 100 fly (59.57).

In the men’s 50 breast, Csaba Szilagyi swam a world’s top 5 time to win. His time of 27.05 won by over a full second, and he now sits 5th in the world this season.

2017-2018 LCM MEN 50 BREAST

AdamGBR
PEATY
08/08
26.09
2Cameron
VAN DER BURGH
RSA26.5804/09
3Fabio
SCOZOLLI
ITA26.7304/10
4Joao
GOMES JNR
BRA26.8012/13
5Michael
ANDREW
USA26.8407/27
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Other winners

  • Katalin Burian was 29.05 to take the women’s 50 back.
  • In the women’s 50 breast, Anna Sztankovics was 31.65 to win.

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Buona
4 years ago

Pretty excited for Kristof Milak. Definitely a medal contention in Tokyo Olympics.

Bossanova
4 years ago

51.5 ain’t gonna cut it when Dressel comes to town. Might too Schooling though.

Tammy Touchpad Error
Reply to  Bossanova
4 years ago

No, but a 1:52 might when Dressel comes to town for medal #9-11… maybe.. CD might want that 1:49

Yabo
Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
4 years ago

1:49 200 fly???? Are we being serious here?

Pvdh
Reply to  Yabo
4 years ago

I don’t doubt Dressels ability to contend for a medal in the 200 fly, but
A.) He ain’t getting 1:49 even if hell does freeze over
B.) 200 fly training would reduce his focus on freestyle.
Probably could get 1:52-1:53 if he puts his mind to it tho

Pvdh
Reply to  Bossanova
4 years ago

Dressel is the overwhelming favorite 100 fly favorite. Doesn’t mean Milak can’t give it a go for a medal. Anyone whose capable of 1:52 can give a medalist time in the 100. No 50.6 isn’t going to cut it for a gold (crazy to be saying that), but he can probably improve and still contend for a medal.
But with this focus on mid distance, I feel like he knows 100 fly can be his second event. 200 free is my pick to be become his second event.

Brownish
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Dressel is 21 and half, Milak just turned 18, don’t forget it.

Pvdh
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

USA swimmer have a long history of peaking much later than international swimmers on account of their yards focus for so long. Lochte didn’t leak peak til 27. Swimmers like Agnel, Thorpe, Le Clos, all peaked out very young on times. I think his 50.6 might be very hard to break for him considering that entire field was dragged to huge Pbs behind Dressel. Caeleb also quit swimming for a long period which set him way back.

Emanuele
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Agnel didn’t peak at young age. He had a great OG in London but after that he was tormented by injuries one after another…
Without all those injury he still wuold be a force in swimming.

Rafael
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

Thorpe is on a category of his own with Phelps and some selected ones like Krisztina, a pure phenom since a teenager, he did not peak young, but he had some issues related to the Australia Media, his own sexuality and others that did not let his career spams as longs as it could.

Brownish
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

50.6 will be break very soon. It’s not a question. 50.00 is a question.

Yozhik
4 years ago

Is it possible to get a direct link to results of the meet for people who are not that fluent in Hungarian to be able to navigate through the Hungarian swimming website?

Emanuele
4 years ago

I’m really curious to see the 200 free. After his 200 fly I wuold have expect something much more impressive (still great time for a 18yo). Someone has a link?

Pvdh
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

At rest he’s probably closer to 51.0 this meet. His speed has dropped so not close to 50.6, while his endurance looks better. But he’s done 200fly/400free/200 free thus far.

Emanuele
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

While I agree with you, I was talking about the 200free lol

Rafael
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I was curious about his 100 but the schedule was gruesome for him also all the relays and mixed ones

Pvdh
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Only gets worse at Worlds/Olympics/Euros with semifinals added in

Rafael
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

He should just do the Flys and maybe the free for relay purposes as Hungary might put something as good as budapeste

pvdh
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I think Fly’s plus either 400 or 200 free is likely

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Don’t forget that 25.23/50back is the leading time in Europe this year (and Bence Szucsik’s 23.25 is tie third).

Brownish
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Bence Szentes…

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Hungary is definitely a medal contender, even gold at the Europeans in 400free relay and finalist in 800.

Rafael
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Except the Russian can´t see any European Country currently with a Decent 4×100 relay so it pretty much is between Russia and Hungary

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I think we will win.

Emg1986
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

That’s not entirely true though is it, if he swims the 400 free, 200 fly and 100 fly at euros, he only has 7 races over 7 days. He swam the 400, 200, 100 free; 100, 50 back; and the 200 , 100 and 50 fly here. That’s 15 races in 4 days.

Rafael
Reply to  Emg1986
4 years ago

He also had many relays

Brownish
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Definitely will be much better.

Brownish
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago
Emanuele
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Thanks.

Brownish
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

You’re welcome.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
4 years ago

I thought it was saying 1:51.5 200 fly for a split second. Almost died.

tammy touchpad error

Considering he was .9 off his best 100 here, 1:51 low is probably coming no later than August.

Pvdh
Reply to  tammy touchpad error
4 years ago

That’s…not how that works lol. WR will come but not this summer

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Did you see into the future? He’s doing amazing but 1:51.5 is still a ways off, and he COULD decrease in performance. It may come, but too many times has there been someone talented, who didn’t pull off a world record after a couple amazing swims. (Yannick Angel, Jospeh Schooling, Chad Le Clos to name some).

Togger

To be fair to Agnel he should have the World Record, that textile best is in a different class to any other 200 free, super suited or textile.

pvdh

True, but this kid is 18 going 1;52….I wasnt for claiming WR last year, but now hes getting close. Yea he might turn out to be like those guys, but im hoping he wont, especially since im a big fan of Hungarian swimmers due to Cseh’s legendary career

DRESSEL IS GOD
Reply to  pvdh
4 years ago

My prediction. 1:51 high 2019 world champs. 1:51 low/1:50.9 in Tokyo.

50.15 2019 world champs. 49.85 2020 but not a world record because of dressel

Rafael
Reply to  DRESSEL IS GOD
4 years ago

I expect a 1:51 high on euros maybe 1:52 flat but world textile

bobo gigi
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I’m less obsessed than most of you by the times. The most important is to win titles. His goal is to win the 200 fly golds at euros, worlds and olympic games. We will not remember the times in 40 years but we’ll remember who has won the olympic golds, how and who you have beaten. The rest is icing on the cake. Records are made to be broken. Young swimmers today train much better than even a decade ago. Training has improved so much. Swimming is faster at every level. But honestly I’m more interested in seeing who touches the wall first in Tokyo than watching the time. The time is important but secondary in my opinion. But of… Read more »

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Yes Bobo, we know what you think.

Emanuele
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Maybe are secondary but some kind of chrono are milestone in a sport like swimming (or running).
Chrono like PVDH 47.84 in the 100 free, Thorpe 3.40.08 in the 400 free, Lochte 1.54.00 in the 200medley (or back in the day Biondi’s 48.42 in the 100 free) are iconic moment in this sport.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

I wouldn’t put Lochte’s 200 im as a milestone.

Togger

It’s 7 years old now and has survived two Olympics, it’s certainly getting up there as a seminal swim on the men’s side.

It’s not Thorpe’s 3.40.08 or Phelps’ 1.52.09 yet, but I can’t think of many other swims which have that kind of longevity as the best in textile (it’s difficult to assess how great supersuited times were I think, though the 800 free record is probably done an injustice by that approach).

Emanuele

Lochte’s record is the most underappreciated WR in the book. Really few really understand how impressive it was:
– The first male WR after supersuit ban
– The only WR taken from MP (still is the only one)

If we analyze the split we have:
50 fly in 24.89 – great split even for a 200 fly (Milak most recently split in 25.07)
50 back in 28.59 – monster split better than any split in the last 200 back in Budapest
50 breast in 33.03 – surely his career best, right now is pretty common but ten year ago there were few capable of a split like that even in the 200 breast.
last… Read more »

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

It’s not only about the time. Records will be inside any statistics and you always will remember a recordbreaker swimmer when the previous one time was an iconic one or belonged to an iconic swimmer especially the GOAT.

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Me too.

Brownish
Reply to  tammy touchpad error
4 years ago

200fly was his second final, 100 was his last swim after 2800m racing. Last day he swam PB and age group record in 50back and PB in 200free before this 51.50.

Philip Johnson
4 years ago

I would love Milak to follow in the footsteps of Cseh and Hosszú and continue swimming multiple events. Want to see what he is capable of.

mik
Reply to  Philip Johnson
4 years ago

yup!

Dee
4 years ago

Does Csaba Szilagyi = Caba Siladji, the Serbian, and if so has he switched allegiance?

Caba swims for Serbia!
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

He’s not going to represent Hungary. He trains in Serbia, and swims for Serbian club primarily. He does have dual citizenship, and swims for Hungarian club from time to time.

Brownish
Reply to  Caba swims for Serbia!
4 years ago

At the moment he swims for Hungarian swimming club Hodmezovasarhely (coaches Ban Sandor and Sibalin Mihaly), and his time is an official Hungarian NR. The previous one belonged to Mihaly Flaskay with 27.51, way back from 2002, this was the oldest lcm NR.

ITR
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Correct, except he is David and not Mihaly 🙂 I also might have heard he would consider swimming for Hungary. Would be baller if true we would have a pretty decent 4×100 medley relay, just need Bohus or Balog to recover from their injuries to have a sub 54 backstroker then Szilagyi , Milak and Nemeth or Kozma.

Brownish
Reply to  ITR
4 years ago

Yeah, Sibalin is David. Sorry for that. Flaskay is Mihaly. Yes, that would be nice, definitely medal contender relay in Europe. Peaty factor and the Russians.

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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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