Kristof Milak breaks the Mare Nostrum record with 50.75 100 m butterfly and moves up to 4th place in the world rankings this year



FINALE: 100 m butterfly, men

The best 3:

  1. Kristof Milak (HUN) – 50.75
  2. Noé Ponti (Switzerland) – 51.25
  3. Katsuhiro Matsumoto (JPY) – 51.70

Hungary Kristof Milak broke his own Mare Nostrum series record by swimming a time of 50.75 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly, the fourth-best time in the world this season. His previous record was 50.95 seconds, which he first swam in 2021 and then equaled at the Barcelona stop earlier this week.

Split comparison:

Monaco Barcelona

Hungarian citizenship (April)

50 23.76 24.1 23.72
100 50.75 (26.99) 50.95 (26.85) 50.99 (27.27)

Milak was fast here and was able to maintain his speed sufficiently to the finish to set a new season's best.

This was Milak's second season's best at the event, after swimming the 200m butterfly in 1:53.94 yesterday, recovering from his first loss in the event since 2020, which he swam just a few days ago in Barcelona. Milak holds the world record in the 200m butterfly and won silver in the 100m butterfly at the 2020 Olympic Games(1) in Tokyo.

His swimming performance in Monaco is a good sign for what lies ahead after he missed numerous training sessions, according to reports in Hungarian media. In addition, his coach Balazs Virth gave an update on Milak's status in Barcelona, ​​saying: “Perhaps outsiders think he is capable of a miracle, but today's swim showed that there are laws in this sport that are difficult to override,” Virth continued. “Although Paris is the goal, it must be said that what has happened so far contains traces of Olympic preparation. Read Virth's full comment here.

Not only did Milak break his record, but he also moved up the world rankings this season. He previously finished 7th at this event and now moves up to 4th.

2 No
Switzerland 50.16 04/06
3 Matthew William
OUT OF 50.25 12/03
4 Kristof
HUN 50.75 06/02
5 Caeleb
USA 50.84 04/12

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