Milak’s Two Big Races, Kapas 200 Fly Win Highlight Hungarian Nats Finals

2021 HUNGARIAN SPRING NATIONALS

The huge highlight of the first finals session of the meet this morning was Kristof Milak‘s 200 fly, where he dropped a second from prelims to hit a 1:51.40, the second-best performance ever behind only his own World Record. He was out in 24.3 at the 50 and 52.7 at the 100, able to bring it home without completely falling apart. Read more about that swim here, and watch it below:

Milak also showed impressive sprint free speed, clocking a lifetime best 22.19 to win the 50 free ahead of Nandor Nemeth (22.35). Milak came into this meet with a best of 22.66 from February, which he dropped to 22.31 in prelims and then again in finals. Valentin Tschaikov, born in 2004, broke 23 for the first time to take sixth (22.95).

Boglarka Kapas swam another strong 200 fly, though she wasn’t quite as fast as she was last night in prelims, going 2:07.24 ahead of Katinka Hosszu (2:08.45).

After breaking 54 and nearly hitting a best in prelims, Richard Bohus won the 100 back in a slightly slower time, stopping the clock at 54.11. Benedek Kovacs was second again as he was in prelims, this time going 54.27. Katalin Burian also added a couple of tenths, winning the women’s 100 back in 1:00.35.

After adding time in the 200 fly, Ajna Kesely won the 800 free, well off of her best with an 8:37.14. Gergely Gyurta claimed the men’s 1500 free, posting a 15:09.56.

Milak was the exception, not the rule, for faster swims this morning in finals. The Hungarian Olympic team is chosen based on performances in both prelims at finals at multiple qualifier meets, with this being the last one, so some swimmers may be going for big swims at night-time prelims and then just trying to replicate in the morning’s finals.

OTHER WINNERS

  • Caba Siladi clocked a 1:00.26 to win the 100 breast, off of his lifetime best of 59.40 he swam at this meet in 2019 to set Serbian and Hungarian records.
  • Fanni Gyurinovics topped the women’s 50 free field, going 25.76.
  • In the women’s 100 breast, Dalma Sebastyen won in 1:08.79.
  • Győri Úszó Sportegy claimed the mixed 4×100 free relay title at 3:33.63, getting a 49.35 lead-off from Szebasztian Szabo. For runners-up BVSC-Zugló, Nemeth led off in 48.90, while Peter Holoda was 49.86 leading off third-place Debreceni.

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Ytho
4 months ago

59.40 by Csaba is not only the Serbian but the official Hungarian record too. I guess he is citizen of both countries

Rafael
Reply to  Karl Ortegon
4 months ago

Actually it is a bit more complicated.
Caba is of hungarian ethnicity but is Serbian.

So at last on Fina Database the record is still Gyurta 59,53

Ytho
Reply to  Rafael
4 months ago

The Hungarian association lists Csaba as the Hun record holder, I guess by their standards he qualifies to be a Hun record holder.
-hungarian ethnicity
-member of a Hungarian club team (Hódmezővásárhely, I don’t know if he is actually training with them)
-double citihenship? (Hun and Serbian too? At least afaik)
-He competes as a Hungarian in domestic meets (where he swam the record), but as a Serbian at international meets (seems like by FINA standards this is what counts)

Interesting thing

Brownish
Reply to  Ytho
4 months ago

Yes ha has double citizenship, just as Szebasztián.

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 months ago

He has dual citizenship. In Hungary and Serbia is accepted to swim NR in both countries. This is the case here. In international races he is swimming for Serbia.
Szabó Szebasztián nearly the same (Hungarian and Serbian citizenship) but he has been swimming for Hungary from the middle of 2019.

Dan
4 months ago

Will the Hungarian’s allow qualifications at European Championships? I saw that it said that this was the last meet. Wondering who might be in already.

Ytho
Reply to  Dan
4 months ago

Based on what was said this morning on Tv, qualification is open that euros too, but who is in the team at the end of this meet, will stay, so euros will be there to fill the open spots.

Aaron
Reply to  Dan
3 months ago

I like Milak’s chances to make it?

tkrisz
4 months ago

You can rewatch Day 1 finals here: https://m4sport.hu/videok//uszo-orszagos-bajnoksag-1-resz-2

800F (w) 1:55 50F (m) 15:05 (w) 22:00 100BK(m) 27:45 (w) 35:35 200BU (m) 43:25 (w) 54:15 100BR (m) 1:05:00 (w) 1:12:30 1500F (m) 1:20:30 mixed free relay: 1:40:15

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  tkrisz
4 months ago

Thank you. Monster swim by Milak, out faster than WR pace – 52.73 vs. 52.88 – same as MP when doing 1:51 – just slower coming home. 1:49 here we come. The kid is on fire, such a beautiful stroke, patterned by his own admission previously after MP’s butterscotch smooth stroke as well. Nicole Livingstone when announcing for FINA with her male Aussie counterpart – anyone know his name? such a great announcer – used to comment just how smooth MP’s stroke was.

Joe
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

Bruce McAvaney. Decades of experience with general sports broadcasting (though not necessarily swimming). They make a great combination.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Joe
3 months ago

Thank you, much appreciated. Great distinctive voice. Glad he’s doing Tokyo still too.

GTS
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
3 months ago

Coach Mike: I think you’re right about this. As smooth as he is, that last 50 hurt. Another training cycle for a few months, and the 3rd and 4th 50 will be faster. 1:49+ is not out of the question. Quite a remarkable young man.

tkrisz
4 months ago

New NR in the time trial (4×200 free). 7:07:67 (Zombori 1:48.79, Nemeth 1:46.67, Holló 1:47.35, Milák: 1:44.86)
Milák’s time is faster than any 2nd,3rd and 4th leg’s in the 2009 final in Gwangju with the only exception of Horton who swam 0:00.01 faster.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  tkrisz
4 months ago

Milak has 400 free and 50 fly latter in the same session, so maybe he didn’t even give his all in the relay.

tkrisz
3 months ago

Junior ER for Kós in the heats of 200IM. His time is 1:57.58.

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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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