Milak Clocks 51.07 In 100 Fly Heat And Sets Up 200 Free Tussle With Nemeth

Kristof Milak
Photo Courtesy: Hungarian Swimming Federation

Kristof Milak clocked 51.07 in the 100 fly and set up another intriguing battle with Nandor Nemeth in the 200 free on the final night of heat swims at the Hungarian Nationals in Budapest.

Boglarka Kapas and Katinka Hosszu were among the qualifiers for Saturday morning’s finals while Richard Bohus produced a notable effort in the 50 back.

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Milak split 23.88/27.19 in the two-length fly heat, 0.45 outside the national record of 50.62 he set in the same pool at the 2017 World Championships en-route to silver in a world junior record that stands today.

It propelled the 21-year-old to the top of the rankings and would have secured him the bronze medal at the 2019 worlds in Gwangju where he swam 51.26 for fourth.

Behind him came Hubert Kos – 18 on Sunday – in 51.52, Szebasztián Szabó (52.20) and Laszlo Cseh (53.53) who shared the silver medal at Rio 2016 with Michael Phelps and Chad Le Clos. 


Michael Phelps beams across the lanes to Laszlo Cseh after both tie for silver with Chad Le Clos in the 100m butterfly won by Joe Schooling at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Photo Courtesy: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

That followed the 200 free heats – the first event of the afternoon – where Nemeth and Milak returned from their morning battle over 100 in which the latter set a national record of 48.00.

It was Nemeth who qualified first although an intriguing prospect awaits given Milak’s 1:44.86 split as he anchored a 4×200 quartet to a national mark of 7:07.67 on Wednesday. 

Milak was ahead at the first turn with Nemeth overhauling him on the second 50, a lead he maintained throughout to touch in 1:46.87.

Milak booked lane five in 1:47.52 with Hungarian record-holder Dominik Kozma next home in 1:48.86.

Hosszu Through In Two; Kapas Flies To The Front

Kapas – who went 2:06 earlier this week in the 200 fly – booked lane four over 100m in 59.43 with just 0.07 separating Dalma Sebestyén – fresh from heading the 50br heats in 31.45 – Dora Hatházi and Hosszu.


Katinka Hosszu: Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Laura Veres was the only woman to go inside two minutes in the 200 free, going 1:59.14 ahead of Fanni Fábián (2:00.40) and Ajna Késely (2:00.69) with Hosszu – returning after her 400IM morning victory – fourth through in 2:00.75.

Bohus – the Hungarian record-holder – went third in the 2021 50 back rankings in 25.05 behind only Junya Koga (24.96) and Apostolos Christou (25.04).

Katalin Burian – winner of the 100 and 200 back – led the women’s field in 28.67.

Csaba Szilágyi touched in 27.68 in the 50br.

BVSC headed the men’s 4×100 medley relay in 3:46.22 while Egri Úszó Klub led the way in the women’s race in 4:17.21.


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