On Break From ASU, Zalan Sarkany Clocks Hungarian Record In SCM 800 Free

2023 HUNGARIAN SC CHAMPIONSHIPS

On the heels of David Betlehem nailing a new Hungarian national record in the 1500m free on night one of the Short Course Nationals, Zalan Sarkany followed suit in another men’s distance event.

Competing in the 800m free on the final night of action in Debrecen, 20-year-old Sarkany crushed a new lifetime best of 7:34.41 to take the gold. That got him to the wall with time to spare ahead of Betlehem who settled for silver in 7:37.28 while open-water ace Kristof Rasovszky rounded out the top 3 in 7:46.26.

As for Sarkany, the Arizona State University Sun Devil established a new Hungarian national record. His time tonight of 7:34.41 overwrote the previous standard of 7:39.21 Rasovszky put on the books at this same competition last year.

Splits for Sarkany’s big-tome performance are below:

Entering this competition, Sarkany’s personal best in this SCM 8free rested at the 7:43.06 he produced last year. That means Sarkany’s effort hacked nearly 10 seconds off his best-ever performance in this event. His time this evening would have placed 5th at the 2022 Short Course World Championships.

In September of this year, we reported that Sarkany is training in his home nation of Hungary this Fall/Winter and intends on returning to ASU next month.

On his performance this evening, Sarkany said post-race, “I prepared a lot for this championship and especially for this short course, I really wanted to pull it off.

“All my respect goes to Dávid (Betlehem) and Rasó (Kristófé Rasovszky), since they swam a two-hundred backstroke right in front of this, and I didn’t. It’s fantastic to train with them, it means a lot to me to be there among them.”

Additional Winners

  • Adam Telegdy topped the men’s 200m back podium in 1:51.66 as Benedek Kovacs scored runner-up status in 1:52.23. Rasovszky rounded out the top 3 in 1:52.99.
  • Dora Molnar hit a new Hungarian age record for 17-year-olds en route to grabbing gold in the women’s 200m back. She clocked 2:05.56 to lower her own mark of 2:06.10 put on the books lt year.
  • The women’s 800m free saw Ajna Kesely get it done for gold in 8:21.16.
  • Gabor Zombori clinched the win in the men’s 100m IM in 53.96 while Panna Ugrai followed suit in the women’s race in 1:00.19. Ugrai also was victorious in the women’s 100m fly in 57.79 as the sole competitor under 59-seconds in the race.
  • Richard Marton topped the men’s 100m fly podium in 50.78, his first-ever foray under the 51-second barrier. Behind him in 4th place was Zoltain Bagi who clocked a new age record for 16-year-olds in 52.97. Bagi’s previous age record stood at 53.28 from a 2022 outing.

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cant kick cant pull
6 months ago

any place we can watch the replays? thanks for covering the meet

mds
6 months ago

7:34.41 SCM 800 v Swimulator Real-time Converter = 1000 SCY 8:47.81. This is particularly interesting in that freshman Krzysztof Chmielewski of USC won the 1000 in the USC @ ASU dual meet this morning in 8:47.53. Would have likely been an exciting race.

snailSpace
Reply to  mds
6 months ago

Even more interestingly, Zalan’s 14:23 from earlier this week in the 1500 free SCM, apparently translates to a 14:18 1650 free SCY, which is fast.

Last edited 6 months ago by snailSpace
mds
Reply to  snailSpace
6 months ago

2023 NCAA gold 14:28+

mds
Reply to  mds
6 months ago

Further, fun to note that Chmielewski’s swim is now #1 in the country by just over 2 seconds from the 8:49.57 by Georgia Tech’s Kilavuz Mert, the only other sub 8:50 swim in college ranks. (David Johnston’s recent 8:34 not counting for these purposes as not done in a college meet)

snailSpace
Reply to  mds
6 months ago

The classic converter gives a 8:39.32 for the 800/1000 and the real time gives a 14:17.32 for the 1500/1650 (I was using classic the first time). The two 1000s calculated by the different converters are remarkably far apart but the mile times are very similar.

Last edited 6 months ago by snailSpace
Boss
6 months ago

Rosovsky is a 1.52 backstroker?! So versatile for an OW swimmer

Brownish
Reply to  Boss
6 months ago

1:52.99 is his new PB, 1:53.30 was the old one. Otherwise 1:53.50 is also PB for Betlehem (old: 1:56.85 from 2021) before his new PB in 800 that is also under the old national record by nearly 2 seconds and more than 2 seconds faster than his old one (7:39.54).
But they won’t take part at the Europeans because of open water.

cant kick cant pull
Reply to  Boss
6 months ago

i bet he did a stack of hungarian im work growing up. probably did a lot of swimming on his back to change around from swimming crawl. pretty impressive

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