KRISTÓF MILÁK

NATIONALITY Hungarian
HOMETOWN Tárnok
DATE OF BIRTH 20/02/2000
DISCIPLINE Butterfly
CLUB/COLLEGE Budapest Honvéd
COACH Balázs Virth
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BIOGRAPHY

When Kristóf Milák set a 200m butterfly world record in July 2019, it ended Michael Phelps’ 18-year reign at the helm of the event.

The Hungarian went 1:50.73 en-route to gold at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea to go well inside Phelps’ world mark of 1:51.51 from July 2009.

Phelps told the New York Times: “It happened because there was a kid who wanted to do it, who dreamed of doing it, who figured out what it would take to do it, who worked on his technique until it was beautiful and who put in the really, really hard work that it takes to do it.”

Milák became Olympic champion two years later in Tokyo while also winning silver in the 100m butterfly in a European record of 49.68.

Milák’s mother, a teacher, drove him 100-mile round trips to and from training while Attila Selmeci was also a mainstay of his youth, coaching him for eight years from the age of 13 but in September 2021, the swimmer announced he was switching to Balázs Virth.

Milák also welcomed the news that Budapest would host an “extraordinary” World Championships in 2022 after Fukuoka was pushed back a year.

He told FINA: “As I always say, the Duna Arena is my home. It’s my pool; number four is my lane; that is where I train and where I win races.

“I have only fond memories and it’s amazing that I can go for retaining my title from Gwangju in Budapest.”

GENERAL QUICK FACTS

Favorite sportsperson or team (other than swimming)
Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel
Favorite vacation spot and why
The Alps because of hiking and fresh, clean air
Public person you admire
Former European medallist Csaba Sós
Favorite book(s)/author(s)
Too many, I can’t mention just one. But I prefer historical and sport-related books
Favorite artist or work of art
Banksy
Items you’d want on a desert island
Swimsuit, beach wear, sunglasses
If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
Looney Tunes - Marvin the Martian. Because some people call me an alien too
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
Teleportation
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
‘My Point of View’
What you’d like to do in your life after swimming
Helping local sport

SWIMMING QUICK FACTS

Proudest moment in swimming
2019 World Championship
Least favorite part of swimming
Competing
Funniest moment in swimming
When you see your own teammate struggling in the water next to you
Favorite/least favorite training set and why
Gym session because it gives a great vibe after swimming
Favorite Race/Training suits and why
Carbon Air2. Because it is the most flexible suit
Best piece of equipment and why
Kickboard
Favorite Food after training
Anything, in any quantity
Most annoying type of swimmer
Those who only push hard at the end of the main set
Favorite Pool in the world and why
Hódmezővásárhely - Gyarmati Dezső Sportuszoda

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2021 EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS, KAZAN
SILVER 200m Butterfly
2020 OLYMPIC GAMES, TOKYO
GOLD 200m Butterfly
SILVER 100m Butterfly
2020 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUDAPEST
GOLD 100m Butterfly
GOLD 200m Butterfly
2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, GWANGJU
GOLD 200m Butterfly
2018 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES, BUENOS AIRES
GOLD 200m Butterfly
GOLD 200m Freestyle
GOLD 400m Freestyle
SILVER 100m Butterfly
2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, GLASGOW
GOLD 200m Butterfly
2018 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, HELSINKI
GOLD 100m Butterfly
GOLD 200m Butterfly
GOLD 200m Freestyle
GOLD 400m Freestyle
BRONZE 4x100m Mixed Freestyle Relay
2017 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, NETANYA
GOLD 200m Butterfly
GOLD 4x200m Freestyle Relay
SILVER 50m Butterfly
SILVER 100m Butterfly
SILVER 4x100m Freestyle Relay
2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, BUDAPEST
SILVER 100m Butterfly
2017 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, INDIANAPOLIS
GOLD 100m Butterfly
GOLD 200m Butterfly
GOLD 4x100m Freestyle Relay
GOLD 4x200m Freestyle Relay
BRONZE 50m Butterfly
2016 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, HÓDMEZŐVÁSÁRHELY
GOLD 200m Butterfly

INSIDE KRISTÓF’S BAG

Cobra Ultra Swipe Mirror
Powerskin Carbon Air2 Jammer
Kickboard
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