Nemeth Tops Milak In 200 Free, Szabo Puts Up 23.08 50 Fly At HUN Nats

2022 HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (HUN)

Although he cited having been ill for a week recently, Olympic champion Kristof Milak was back in the water for day 3 of the 2022 Hungarian Swimming Championships.

After having reaped 200m fly gold and 50m free silver last night, 22-year-old Milak took on the 200m free and 50m fly to continue his campaign here in Debrecen.

Milak was ultimately relegated to a pair of silvers on the evening, as it was fellow Olympian Nandor Nemeth‘s time to shine tonight in the men’s 200m free.

During tonight’s final, Nemeth beat Milak in this 2free event for the first time in 5 years, with the former hitting 1:47.51 to the latter’s 1:47.78, Milak opened quicker in 52.44 to Nemeth’s opener of 52.70 before they touched the wall less than .20 apart.

Both men have already qualified for this year’s World Championships in this 2free event.

After the race, 22-year-old Nemeth stated “That I won and beat Kristóf and became the national champion for the first time is just icing on the cake. ”

The women’s 200m free saw the reigning European Junior Champion in the event, Nikoletta Padar, grab gold in a swift 1:57.91. Opening in 57.70 and closing in 1:00.21, the 16-year-old’s time here blew away the 1:59.38 she put up in Rome last year for the aforementioned title.

Padar said post-race, “It was a very good swim, I really enjoyed it. I have made a lot of sacrifices for this result, thank you very much to my coach for helping me with this. The plan was to start the first hundred at 57.5 and make the third fifty the strongest. I listened to him.”

Hungary has already seen Boglarka Kapas and Zsuzsanna Jakabos nab World Championships-worthy times during the qualification window, although Padar’s result here beats out both Kapas’ 1:58.37 and Jakaobos’ 1:58.61.

Szebasztian Szabo made some noise in the men’s 50m fly, logging the #2 time in the world this season. The reigning European champion in this event logged an effort of 23.08, beating Milak who touched in 23.56.

Both men dipped under the World Championships qualification time of 23.63, with Szabo’s result coming within .12 of his own lifetime best of 22.96 from December 2020.

Szabo sits only behind world record holder Nicholas Santos in this season’s world rankings in this men’s 50m fly event.

2021-2022 LCM Men 50 Fly

2Oleg
Kostin
RUS22.7204/28
3Nicholas
Santos
BRA22.7304/05
4Benjamin
Proud
GBR22.7606/18
5Thomas
Ceccon
ITA22.7906/18
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Szabo said of his performance, “I always say it could be even better, but I think it will! That was enough for this competition, good in the first place, and even better for me to see where I stand.”

Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu followed up on her 200m fly victory from last night with a convincing win in the 400m IM this evening.

32-year-old Hosszu posted a time of 4:38.89 to top the field here by nearly 9 seconds, registering her fastest time of the season in the process.

Entering this meet, the multi-Olympic champion’s quickest thus far rested at the 4:39.19 she raced in Stockholm last month. She now ties Amerian Leah Smith in slot #7 on the world rankings for the season.

2021-2022 LCM Women 400 IM

SummerCAN
McIntosh
03/04
4:29.12
2Kaylee
McKeown
AUS4:31.7405/19
3Katie
Grimes
USA4:32.6706/25
4Katinka
Hosszu
HUN4:35.9505/29
5Emma
Weyant
USA4:36.0006/25
6Ageha
Tanigawa
JPN4:36.4503/03
7Hali
Flickinger
USA4:36.4603/04
8Mio
Narita
JPN4:36.7103/03
9Jenna
Forrester
AUS4:36.7705/19
10Yui
Ohashi
JPN4:37.9906/25
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Hosszu recognized the fact she was slightly faster here than in Stockholm, saying, “I was very tired today. Even though I was tired, I managed to swim better than two weeks ago in Stockholm. ”

Additional Winners:

  • David Horvath got it done for gold in the men’s 200m breast, registering a time of 2:13.58. But he wasn’t alone, as Gabor Zombori wound up at the wall with the same 2:13.58 result.
  • The women’s 200m breast saw just one woman get under the 3:30 threshold in the form of Eszter Bekesi. Bekesi posted 2:28.07 for the win, well off her personal best of 2:25.49 from when she placed 5th at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships. As of right now, Hungary has no World Championships qualifiers in the men’s or women’s 200m breaststroke.
  • Dominika Varga topped the women’s 50m fly podium in a time of 27.07.
  • The men’s 400m IM saw Balazs Hollo produce a time of 4:13.15 to top the podium tonight, getting to the wall just narrowly ahead of runner-up Hubert Kos and his silver medal-worthy 4:13.50. David Verraszto and Peter Bernek have both already hit qualifying times in this men’s 4IM event.

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Fresh kid ice man
2 months ago

Pic above is not Nandor

Time For Barta To Go
2 months ago

Okay, seriously, let’s change the headline ….

“Hun Nats” …. ah, no. There is enough space for “Hungarian”. Please.

(“The Hun” is an antiquated WW1 / WW2 term for the German Army – and not a particularly nice term)

FST
Reply to  Time For Barta To Go
2 months ago

HUN is an official abbreviation for Hungary though…

MZ/X
2 months ago

Kós’s time was not 4:17.42. He swam 04:13.50.
Verrasztó finished fourth.
Although, Bernek has a qualifying time in this event, he retired last year and works as the coach of Ajna Késely.
Nevertheless, Hungary has at least four other men with FINA A standard, Verrasztó, Holló, Kós and Telegdy.

swimfan
2 months ago

Isn’t dressel the reigning world champ

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
2 months ago

I still get a mini heart attack when I see those 400 IM global rankings lol

Swimmerfromjapananduk

We can’t really say much if mcintosh will be able to reproduce that 4:29. She hasn’t really popped anything close to that since

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
2 months ago

I knew the downvotes would come. People really take these comments a bit too seriously

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