Fifteen-Year-Old Vivien Jackl Goes 4:34 In 400IM To Go Second In Rankings At Hungarian Championships

Vivien Jackl: Photo Courtesy: Istvan Derencsenyi

Fifteen-Year-Old Vivien Jackl Goes 4:34 In 400IM To Go Second In Rankings & Book Paris Ticket At Hungarian Championships

Fifteen-year-old Vivien Jackl went second in the 400IM rankings as she all but booked her ticket to Paris 2024 at the Hungarian Championships.

The teenager, who won the European junior title in Belgrade last year, went 4:34.98 as she followed in the footsteps of former Hungarian medley greats, three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu yet to make the cut for Paris.

It was well within the qualification time of 4:38.53 and broke the Hungarian age group records at both 16 and 17, the latter having been set by Éva Risztov en-route to silver at the 2002 European Championships in Berlin.

She won’t however be confirmed on the Olympic team until the qualification period ends on 23 June, the final day of the European Championships in Belgrade.

Her coach, Márta Kocsis, was lost for words, saying: “We wanted the level, I wrote 4:37.8 in my notebook, I thought it would be 4:37.5 in a good case… Where did that come from… I don’t know… I still have to look back at the race. I watched, but I couldn’t see how it came together…”

Her time, also a European junior record, elevates Jackl to second in the 2024 rankings behind Freya Colbert, the Doha world champion who went 4:34.01 at the British trials last week.

Boglarka Kapas was 0.39 outside the cut in 4:38.92 with Viktoria Mihalyvari next home in 4:39.43 and Hosszu fifth in 4:47.62.

Gábor Zombori won the men’s 400IM but fell just 0.20 short of the Olympic QT in 4:12.70 and will now attempt to book his ticket at the European Championships in Belgrade.

Kristof Milak won his fourth title of the meet with victory in the 200 free after overhauling Attila Kovács in 1:48.15, outside the 1:46.26 QT.

He then went on to contest the 50 fly but it was Szebastián Szabó who won a sixth straight title to extend his unbeaten record against Milak over one length.

Lora Fanni Komoróczy won the women’s race in 26.87.

Nikolett Pádár won her third straight 200m freestyle with a 2.12sec winning margin over Dóra Molnár in 1:56.83, the 2023 European junior champion having already gone within the Paris QT.

Eszter Békési won the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2:28.45 with Dominik Török taking the men’s title in 2:15.62.


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