Kristof Milak: “I’m Back”, Ready For World Cup, Paris 2024 And Beyond

The 2023 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup begins next month with this year’s stops including Berlin, Germany, Athens, Greece and Budapest, Hungary.

We reported that superstars Adam Peaty of Great Britain and Kristof Milak of Hungary are among those committed to competing.

2023 Swimming World Cup Series

  • October 6-8: Berlin, Germany
  • October 13-15: Athens, Greece
  • October 20-22: Budapest, Hungary

For Milak, the series marks his return to the pool after having bowed of this year’s World Championships, citing a lack of form both mentally and physically.

At the time, the World Record holder and Olympic champion said, “I’m still trying to find a satisfying answer why this had to happen – still, I know myself well enough to be aware that I’m not even close to my top shape, those 100% which is required to reach the top and I’m not the one who would be consent with anything less.

Now I’ve hit rock-bottom, but I have to emphasize that this does not come with any worries from my side. I’ve accepted this, and I honestly hope that everyone else can also do that. To see that any athlete can face a period like this in his career, when you need to step back, recharge the batteries in order to be ready for the next challenges.”

Flashforward to today, however, and 23-year-old Milak says he is ready to go and has an enlightened outlook for his 2023/2024 racing season.

“I have come back, Milak said, per the Hungarian Swimming Federation Facebook post.

“I needed a break but I feel now ready to go again with the same or even more steel will than ever before.

“Again I feel the hunger to show swimming feats that I have never done before. I started training again with double ambition, I programmed myself, I know that the first few weeks and months will hurt, but I chose this path and I will go through it – to Paris, and then further.”

The Olympic champion added, “Thank you very much for everyone’s support and understanding, I will be working to make it up to everyone.”


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David S
3 months ago

This means the world is now fighting for the silver medal in the 100 and 200

Can’t kick can’t pull
3 months ago

Let the 4k fly sets and 148 begin

3 months ago

Marchand and co. back to fighting for the silver in the 200 fly.

Reply to  Dirtswimmer
3 months ago

Do you think Marchand will choose 200 fly over 200 breast? 200 fly, 200 breast and 4×200 freestyle relay finals are in the same session. No way he’ll swim all of them.

Reply to  dani
3 months ago

I think Marchand can only compete for silver behind Milak and Qin Haiyang now but a year is a long time so let’s see who moves the needle.

3 months ago

WOOOO! I’m a huge Milak fan, and it is great to see him back!

3 months ago

Wonderfull news – gold and WR I Paris, for sure 🙂

Super Metroid Speedrun
Reply to  Kim
3 months ago

You do realize that Milak will be 24 1/2 by Paris, right? Most swimmers, even the most elite ones, are setting all of their PBs/WRs between 20-23 years old. For example, Phelps only set 2 WRs past the age of 23 (in July 2009, at the “plastic games,” and arguably only due to the full body suit he was wearing). It’s very unlikely that Milak will ever go 1:49 in a taxing event such as 200 fly, as he has missed that magic window of time when he still has enough youthful stamina to close out the last 50 in spectacular form.

By not showing up to Worlds this year, he also probably forfeited his final chance to break 1:50.… Read more »

Alison England
Reply to  Super Metroid Speedrun
3 months ago

Peaty was 24 years and 7 months when he broke the 100m breaststroke WR in 2019.

3 months ago

Un or olimpique en moin pour la France. Desolé.

Dom from France
Reply to  fabio
3 months ago

Si votre pronostic est aussi mauvais que votre français, nous n’avons rien à craindre!

3 months ago

Yayyy Kriiistof

3 months ago

Welcome back!

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