WR Holder Kristof Milak Still Feeling Physical Effects Of Coronavirus


The 2020 Hungarian Swimming Championships roll on, with day 2 finals of this Olympic qualifier concluding in Kaposvár.

One of the marquis swimmers racing this week is reigning World Record holder Kristof Milak, with the 20-year-old already collecting two silver medals. Milak finished runner-up to Olympic bronze medalist Tamas Kenderesi in the 200m fly, hitting a time of 1:54.98, while he also got 2nd in the 50m fly in 23.61.

Milak is competing at his first elite competition after having suffered from coronavirus earlier this season. The disease rendered him out of the International Swimming League (ISL) season 2.

With a couple of races under his belt, Milak told the Hungarian Swimming Association more about the after-effects of his bout with coronavirus, of which the world is still battling and for which the 2020 Olympic Games had been postponed by a year.

“I actually started this national championship for myself, mainly to assess the damage caused by the Covid infection, he said.

“In addition to the fact that I have really lost a lot of muscle, for example, my arms don’t even look like they looked last year, I feel the same as many other athletes who have gone through this disease that there are long-lasting effects.

Milak candidly continued, “It’s not the same as when you miss several weeks for something and then you feel untrained because you can help with that. It’s something else, something very strange fatigue.”

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The Importer AND Exporter
2 years ago

Of course he’s trolling – everyone know Cracker Barrell is where you go after you STOP WHINING.

Coach Macgyver
2 years ago

There’s the caps lock charm!

Swimmer A
2 years ago

…the world record holder in the 200 fly is a snowflake for telling a reporter that he is still feeling the effects of covid?

Reply to  Swimmer A
2 years ago

He’s being sarcastic.

2 years ago

You have to be trolling

Reply to  Ytho
2 years ago

he is but theres still a differnece between trolling in a way thats entertaining and, well this

2 years ago

The most optimistic estimates I’ve read suggest life won’t return to normal until 2022 at the earliest. So, no swimming until 2022?

Wanna Sprite?
2 years ago

I’m so confused by all these comments. I understand we need to understand the affects of the virus and be careful, but it’s not like he got it from the pool deck or anywhere near swim practice. I hope people aren’t trying to spread the message that swim meets and swimming is dangerous because it’s been proven not to be when done right

Mr Piano
2 years ago

Seriously, these kind of comments I’ve been seeing here are dangerous.

2 years ago

I know exactly the feeling he is talking about, I had the opportunity to experience it myself. I just felt something is not right,my body behaved differently for weeks after the illness passed (eventho I only had mild covid symptoms for a few days). I couldn’t even accurately describe it to doctors when I had myself checked. I just knew my lungs werent functioning with the same efficiency as before, and fatigue set in sharper during workouts and even everyday activities. It wasnt anything drastic, but it annoyed me a lot for sure. Thankfully it is mostly non existent now. Wishing him a 100% recovery as fast as possible.

Reply to  Ytho
2 years ago


I’ve been trying to make this exact point to ppl. I know ppl who have “recovered”, who months later still don’t have their normal lung capacity back, and the doctors don’t know when/if it will come back.

Swimmer A
Reply to  Ytho
2 years ago

Yooo my friend was telling me the same thing. Like hard to articulate, but something off.

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