Kristof Milak To Miss Start Of ISL Season After Positive Test For Covid-19 In September

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: Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

World 200m fly champion Kristof Milak will miss at least the start of the International Swimming League season after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Hungarian was due to take his place among Team Iron at the competition which starts in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday 16 October and will conclude with the grand final on 21-22 November, it was announced on Wednesday. 

Milak however will not be present when Iron launch their competition on Sunday against London Roar, DC Trident and Aqua Centurions.


Kristóf Milák – Photo Courtesy: Hungarian Swimming Federation

The 20-year-old, who crushed Michael Phelps’ 200 fly world record en-route to gold at the World Championships in Gwangju in July 2019, was diagnosed with coronavirus at the end of September, according to Hungarian media.

His coach Attila Selmeci told InfoRadio that Milak had been “feverish and weakened” and was so fatigued he did not leave his apartment for 10 days.

So too had he been mentally worn out by quarantine and lost a significant amount of muscle.

Although he can now leave his apartment, Milak must wait until next Monday when his doctor will decide whether he can resume training.

Milak may join Iron in the latter stages of the competition but it is also possible he will miss the entire competition.

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