Kristof Milak To Compete In 4 Nations A Year To The Day Since Dismantling Phelps’ 200 Fly Record

Kristof Milak of Hungary celebrates after winning in the men's 200m Butterfly Final during the Swimming events at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, 24 July 2019.
Kristof Milak celebrates victory in Gwangju in world-record time. Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

World champions Kristof Milak and Katinka Hosszu are among the swimmers set to compete at the inaugural 4 Nations Swimming Meet from Friday 24 July in Budapest.

The three-day meet will be held at the Szechy Swimming Arena which is part of the Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium on Margaret Island, the pool built as part of the renovations preceding the 2006 European Championships.

As well as hosts Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic will make up the competition although Germany has withdrawn after intending to compete and instead Poland will now compete.


Katinka Hosszu – Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

The start of the competition marks the date that Tokyo 2020 was originally scheduled to open only for the Games to be pushed back a year in the wake of the coronavirus.

The opening of the competition marks a year to the day since Milak set about dismantling Michael Phelps’ world record in the 200 fly at the World Championships in Gwangju.

Then aged 19, Milak took a huge 0.76sec chunk off the mark Phelps had set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, to set a new mark of 1:50.73.

The Hungarian will take on the 50, 100 and 200 fly and 100 and 200 free on Margaret Island.

Hosszu is slated for both IM events while Laszlo Cseh – the six-time Olympic medallist – will meet Milak in the two fly races but is also entered in the 100 breaststroke.

Poland include Marcin Cieslak, Filip Zaborowski, Kacper Stokowski and Kacper Majchrzak.

Felix Aubock, Marlene Kahler, Lena Grabowski and Christopher Rothbauer are among those set to compete for Austria.


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