European Swimming Championships, Budapest, Day 2 Heats: Kristóf Milák Puts In 1:54 Opener & Greg Paltrinieri Scrapes Into 1500 Fight

2021-05-18 Reading Time: 6 minutes
The mindset of Kristóf Milák - photo courtesy of the Hungarian Swimming Federation

May 18 – Day 2 action from the pool at the European Swimming Championships sees the start of the 200m butterfly campaign of pioneer of pace Kristóf Milák.

For many national also doubles as a qualifying event for the Covid-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The venue: the Duna Arena, scene of the 2017 World Championships and the 2020 International Swimming League Bubble of Budapest. Milák is already on the team for Tokyo.

So, too, is Gregorio Paltrinieri on the Italian team but the Olympic 1500m freestyle champion, who last week excellent in open water, including victories in the 5km, the 10km and the 5km team event, scraped into the 30-length final this morning. The showdown, which will go without the 2018 European and 2019 World champion Florian Wellbrock after the German ace opted to bypass the 1500m beyond his own podium-placing efforts at Lupa Beach last week, is tomorrow, providing Paltrinieri with one more day of what looked like much-needed rest… The qualifiers, led by Mykhaylo Romanchuk, of Ukraine and a man who did not opt into open water and enters the pool fray fresh:

PHLNationSwimmerDoBRTimeGap Q 
 124  UKRROMANCHUK Mykhaylo   07 AUG 19960.7414:52.07 
 227  FRAJOLY Damien   04 JUN 19920.6914:56.094.02 
 326  ITAACERENZA Domenico   19 JAN 19950.7114:59.477.40 
 432  HUNKALMAR Akos   11 JAN 20000.7215:02.9710.90 
 533  GBRJERVIS Daniel   09 JUN 19960.6815:07.5415.47 
 625  NORCHRISTIANSEN Henrik   09 OCT 19960.7215:08.2816.21 
 734  ITAPALTRINIERI Gregorio   05 SEP 19940.7615:08.8416.77 
 831  RUSEGOROV Aleksandr   19 AUG 20010.7915:09.9517.88 

Day 2 heats were also marked by the exit of Benadetta Pilato as third Italian in the top four fastest in the 100m breaststroke (see potted reports below) and a speedy 47.53 from Kliment Kolesnikov in the heats of the 100m freestyle, the Russian heading into the evening with a 50m backstroke final, a day after a 23.93 World record in semis, and the semis of the 100m freestyle.

The fast heats of the 100m freestyle:

The Six-Gold Nationals Of Milák – & A Fine Start At Europeans

Kristóf Milák racing in Budapest at nationals today (Courtesy - Hungarian Swimming Federation)
Kristóf Milák racing in Budapest at nationals today (Courtesy – Hungarian Swimming Federation)

After warming up in the 400m freestyle heats yesterday, butterfly ace Kristóf Milák gets his home European campaign truly underway this morning in the heats of the 200m butterfly. In March, he ended his 2021 Hungarian Championships campaign in the most fitting of fashions after five days of gauntlet chucking in the same Duna Arena pool in Budapest, a 50.47 national record in the 100m butterfly following a 1:46.15 triumph in the 200m freestyle taking his tally of gold to six.

There were victories in the 50, 100, 200 and 400m freestyle and the 100 and 200m butterfly, his effort in the latter his fastest since he lifted the World title in a shuddering global standard of 1:50.71. At Olympic trials in March, Milák clocked 22.19 for victory over 50m freestyle and then scorched a 1:51.40 over 200m butterfly in the same session.

This morning, Milák got the blood racing with a 48.72 in 100m free heats. He was third Hungarian home, perhaps by design, perhaps with a nod to the race to come and where his ambitions really rest: 1:54.38 over 200m butterfly would be a national record in the bulk of swimming nations around the world. Indeed, the domestic high bar is higher in just 9 nations beyond Hungary, the flag-bearer of the best ever, the 1:50.73 clocked by Milak at 2019 World titles in Gwangju when he took down the 2009 World record of Michael Phelps.

On the second morning of action at what is the first major international championship since the 2019 World Championships before the COVID-19 pandemic, only two events lead directly to a final: the men’s 1500m freestyle showdown unfolds tomorrow evening after prelims today – and the novel 4x200m freestyle mixed, which is not a global event, the final of which will be done by the end of play this evening.

The swim meet stretches across seven days in traditional format of morning heats, from 10am local time each day, and evening finals, from 6pm local time each day. The livestream of the event is subject to broadcast rights but is available through the EBU/Eurovision link below. National broadcasts on mainstream media are also available far and wide (check local guides) among the 50-plus countries that form the membership of the European Swimming League (LEN).

Day 2 Heats: Men’s 100m Freestyle; Women’s 100m Breaststroke; Men’s 200m Butterfly; Women’s 50m Backstroke; Mixed 4×200 m Freestyle; Men’s 1500m Freestyle

Results / Livestream (with login access for extras) LEN Championship website

See Tokyo 2020 Table of Target Times below qualifiers / + Links to day 1 coverage

Day 2 Qualifiers for Finals:

Mixed 4x200m freestyle: Great Britain led the way into the final of an event that is unique in championship waters – only in Europe. Down the years, Europe has led the drive to add evermore events to the program. In the mix of the debate about whether that has been wise is the question of how much swimming’s bolt-on diet has served to water the sport down and render medal-count comparisons evermore irrelevant and potential medal hauls evermore ridiculous. On the European program, a swimmer such as Katie Ledecky could have 11 chances of gold, assuming she could climb out of the water after final No8-9 or so …

Anyhow, this morning, the clocked stopped at 7:34.64 for Calum Jarvis (1:49.68), Joe Litchfield (1:47.55), Lucy Hope (1:59.70) and Abbie Wood (1:57.71). Litchfield contributed to Britain’s silver in the 4x100m free, while Hope and Wood raced to gold with mates in the women’s 4x100m free, yesterday.

The British record stands at 7:29.72, which was good for bronze in the inaugural event courtesy of Stephen Milne (1:47.77), Craig McLean (1:48.34) Kathryn Greenslade (1:57.81) and Freya Anderson (1:55.80). That time is ripe for crushing this evening, as is the championship record and World best of 7:28.43, establishing for Glasgow 2018 gold by Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann (1:46.52) Henning Mühlleitner (1:47.32), Reva Foos (1:58.25) and Annika Bruhn (1:56.34).

PHLTeam/Swimmer/DoB TIMETimeGap
 115 GREAT BRITAIN JARVIS Calum – 12 MAY 1992LITCHFIELD Joe – 08 JUL 1998HOPE Lucy – 30 JAN 1997WOOD Abbie – 02 MAR 1999   


1:49.68
1:47.55
1:59.70
1:57.71
7:34.64 
 223 ITALY PIROZZI Stefania – 16 DEC 1993DI COLA Stefano – 11 DEC 1998MEGLI Filippo – 10 MAY 1997GAILLI Sara – 23 DEC 2001   


2:00.08
1:47.00
1:47.66
2:00.62
7:35.360.72 
 324 DENMARK GADGAARD Mikkel – 03 MAY 1999HANSEN Andreas – 25 AUG 2000BACH Helena Rosendahl – 12 JUN 2000MORTENSEN Amalie Soeby – 11 OCT 2001   


1:49.32
1:48.75
1:58.33
2:01.55
7:37.953.31 
 416 ISRAEL LOKTEV Denis – 04 JUN 2000COHEN GROUMI Gal – 22 APR 2002GORBENKO Anastasia – 07 AUG 2003MUREZ Andrea – 29 JAN 1992   


1:49.81
1:49.81
2:01.14
1:59.48
7:40.245.60 
 522 HUNGARY HOLLO Balazs – 10 FEB 1999ZOMBORI Gabor – 08 OCT 2002VERRASZTO Evelyn – 17 JUL 1989FABIAN Fanni – 30 OCT 2002   


1:48.87
1:48.37
2:02.27
2:00.78
7:40.291:48.87
3:37.24
5:39.51
7:40.29
5.65 
 614 RUSSIA GIREV Ivan – 29 JUN 2000RYLOV Evgeny – 23 SEP 1996KAMENEVA Maria – 27 MAY 1999SURKOVA Arina – 17 JUL 1998   


1:49.80
1:48.76
1:59.93
2:05.58
7:44.079.43 
 725 TURKEY UENLUE Baturalp – 09 JUL 2002TURAN Efe – 17 SEP 2000TUNCEL Merve – 01 JAN 2005ERTAN Deniz – 01 JAN 2004   


1:49.37
1:50.23
2:02.46
2:03.79
7:45.8511.21 
 826 IRELAND MCCUSKER Max – 11 SEP 1999HYLAND Brendan – 23 SEP 1994TRAIT Naomi – 25 AUG 2003CATTERSON Victoria – 25 MAR 2001   


1:52.89
1:52.13
2:03.57
2:02.65
7:51.24
16.60 

Day 2 Qualifiers For Semis:

Men’s 100m freestyle: The four-per-nation rule was put to good use by the members of the Russian, British and Italian 4×100 podium quartets of yesterday, ensuring that, with only two allowed to go through to the semis from each country, the last man in finishing 21st this morning. At the helm of pace in the last heat and all heats was the man who broke the 50 backstroke World record in semis last night, Kliment Kolesnikov, on 47.53, his Russia teammate Andrei Minakov having cracked 48 in heat 8, while Alessandro Miressi, on 47s twice yesterday leading off Italy’s relay, was the last inside 48 this morning, on 47.81 behind Kolesnikov.

No Duncan Scott for Britain, but Tom Dean and teenager Matt Richards made the cut. The rule on numbers per nation meant that Vladislav Grinev‘s 48.36 in 6th and Andrey Zhilkin‘s 48.40 in 9th marked the end of their 100m ambitions at the championships.

pHLNationSwimmerDoBRTime Q 
 1104  RUSKOLESNIKOV Kliment   09 JUL 20000.6547.53 
 2103  ITAMIRESSI Alessandro   02 OCT 19980.7147.810.28 
 384  RUSMINAKOV Andrei   17 MAR 20020.6447.880.35 
 4101  SRBBARNA Andrej   02 MAR 19980.6348.170.64 
 575  ROUPOPOVICI David   15 SEP 20040.6648.300.77 
 694  RUSGRINEV Vladislav   21 JUL 19960.6348.360.83  
 6102  FRAGROUSSET Maxime   24 APR 19990.6948.360.83 
 885  HUNNEMETH Nandor   19 NOV 19990.6348.380.85 
 982  RUSZHILKIN Andrey   09 MAR 19950.7848.400.87  
 1087  SUIMITYUKOV Roman   30 JUL 20000.5648.561.03 
 11106  HUNSZABO Szebasztian   11 MAR 19960.5948.591.06 
 1296  GBRDEAN Thomas   02 MAY 20000.6448.661.13 
 1395  HUNMILAK Kristof   20 FEB 20000.6848.721.19  
 1493  GBRRICHARDS Matthew   17 DEC 20020.6248.731.20 
 1573  SUIDJAKOVIC Antonio   08 OCT 20020.6648.741.21 
 1697  NEDPIJNENBURG Stan   04 NOV 19960.6248.761.23 
 1791  GBRWHITTLE Jacob   25 SEP 20040.7248.781.25  
 18108  ITAZAZZERI Lorenzo   09 AUG 19940.6048.801.27 
 1986  ITAFRIGO Manuel   18 FEB 19970.6348.901.37  
 2045  SWESEELIGER Bjoern   11 JAN 20000.6348.981.45 
 2183  UKRSHEVTSOV Sergii   29 JUN 19980.6449.021.49 

Women’s 100m breaststroke: What will Italy do now? Presumably stick to its original decision, which was to select Benedetta Pilato for the 100m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics from a swim swum last December. She then finished third at Italian trials last month and this morning Arianna Castiglioni clocked 1:05.98 in the last heat as the only sub-1:06 swimmer. Teammate Martina Carraro had clocked 1:06.26 in heat 5, which was 0.06sec ahead of Pilato in heat 4. The 10 following Castiglioni through were all on 1:06s. Tight fight ahead for places in the final.

PHLNationSwimmerDoBRTimeGapQ 
 165  ITACASTIGLIONI Arianna   15 AUG 19970.661:05.98 
 254  ITACARRARO Martina   21 JUN 19930.631:06.260.28 
 345  SWEHANSSON Sophie   02 AUG 19980.731:06.340.36 
 344  ITAPILATO Benedetta   18 JAN 20050.691:06.340.36  
 537  SWEFAST Emelie   20 FEB 20040.651:06.640.66 
 655  RUSCHIKUNOVA Evgeniia   17 NOV 20040.691:06.760.78 
 753  GBRVASEY Sarah   29 AUG 19960.671:06.850.87 
 843  SUIMAMIE Lisa   27 OCT 19980.751:06.860.88 
 956  GBRRENSHAW Molly   06 MAY 19960.681:06.930.95 
 1064  RUSEFIMOVA Yuliya   03 APR 19920.711:06.970.99 
 1063  IRLMC SHARRY Mona   21 AUG 20000.671:06.970.99 
 1266  ESPVALL MONTERO Jessica   22 NOV 19880.691:07.031.05 
 1357  ITAANGIOLINI Lisa   29 JUN 19950.711:07.041.06  
 1462  ESTJEFIMOVA Eneli   27 DEC 20060.731:07.151.17 
 1542  FINHULKKO Ida   12 DEC 19980.711:07.251.27 
 1667  NEDSCHOUTEN Tes   31 DEC 20000.671:07.451.47 
 1746  RUSBELONOGOFF Tatiana   16 JUL 20010.661:07.651.67  
 1849  ISRGORBENKO Anastasia   07 AUG 20030.681:07.671.69 

Swim-Off: after both the following swimmers clocked 1:08.09 in heats …

PL NationSwimmer/DoBR50m TIME GAP  Q
15  LTUTETEREVKOVA Kotryna
(23 JAN 2002) 
 0.6932.17 1:07.33
35.16
   q
24  ESTROMANJUK Maria
(15 AUG 1996) 
 0.7032.10 1:07.68
35.58
 0.35  R1

Milak On The March

Men’s 200m butterfly: All eyes on Kristóf Milák, whose 1:54.38 this morning is faster than every national record in the world barring his own and that of 9 countries. In the heat before him Antani Ivanov lowered his own Bulgarian record from 1:55.5 to 1:54.72. Poland was the only nation with three in the hunt, Krzysztof Chmielewski, 1:55.46, and Jakub Majerski, 1:56.27, the two who go through. Assuming all goes to plan in semis, Milák will be the man to beat, with a pre-battle advantage on the clock of 4sec over next best going in.

PHLNationSwimmerDoBRTimeQ 
 144  HUNMILAK Kristof   20 FEB 20000.671:54.38 
 233  BULIVANOV Antani   17 JUL 19990.661:54.720.34 
 323  POLCHMIELEWSKI Krzysztof   18 NOV 20040.641:55.461.08 
 426  SUIPONTI Noe   01 JUN 20010.681:55.671.29 
 524  ITABURDISSO Federico   20 SEP 20010.691:55.731.35 
 641  POLMAJERSKI Jakub   18 AUG 20000.691:56.271.89 
 736  FRAMARCHAND Leon   17 MAY 20020.651:56.331.95 
 847  ITACARINI Giacomo   02 JUL 19970.641:56.692.31 
 934  HUNKENDERESI Tamas   13 DEC 19960.721:57.022.64 
 1030  POLCHRZANOWSKI Damian   07 JUN 19980.701:57.182.80  
 1135  RUSKUDASHEV Alexander   05 DEC 19950.751:57.192.81 
 1246  BELCROENEN Louis   03 JAN 19940.681:57.312.93 
 1345  UKRKESIL’ Denys   26 OCT 20000.671:57.322.94 
 1442  UKRTROYANOVS’KYY Igor   09 AUG 20020.741:57.383.00 
 1531  ESTZIRK Kregor   03 JUL 19990.631:57.563.18 
 1617  MDASANCOV Alexei   15 OCT 19990.681:57.783.40 
 1732  GERKLENZ Ramon   02 AUG 19980.701:57.963.58 

Women’s 50m backstroke: Kathleen Dawson took down her own Scottish record with a 27.29, just 0.08sec shy of the British record establishing established by Georgia Davies for the 2018 European title in Glasgow.

PHLNationSwimmerDoBRTimeGapQ 
 166  GBRDAWSON Kathleen   03 OCT 19970.5627.29 Sco Rec 
 264  NEDTOUSSAINT Kira   22 MAY 19940.4927.600.31 
 344  NEDDE WAARD Maaike   11 OCT 19960.6127.840.55 
 454  RUSFESIKOVA Anastasia   08 MAY 19900.7027.860.57 
 563  FINJALLOW Mimosa   17 JUN 19940.5627.970.68 
 665  AUTPILHATSCH Caroline   01 MAR 19990.5828.020.73 
 767  NORLOEYNING Ingeborg V.   13 SEP 20000.6028.050.76 
 743  POLTCHORZ Alicja   13 AUG 19920.5928.050.76 
 952  GBRWILD Cassie   12 JUN 20000.5728.110.82 
 1056  SUIKOST Nina   17 APR 19950.6028.270.98 
 1155  ITASCALIA Silvia   16 JUL 19950.5728.280.99 
 1245  CZEKUBOVA BAUMRTOVA Simona   24 AUG 19910.5528.301.01 
 1362  ITAPANZIERA Margherita   12 AUG 19950.6228.311.02 
 1442  BLRSHKURDAI Anastasiya   03 JAN 20030.6228.331.04 
 1547  GREDRAKOU Theodora   06 FEB 19920.5528.391.10 
 1653  DENJENSEN Julie Kepp   03 JAN 20000.5828.401.11 

Day 1 Coverage

Great Britain Gold in the 4x100m free – l-r: Freya Anderson, Anna Hopkin, Lucy Hope and Abbie Wood – Photo Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
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