Hungarian swimming machine Krzysztof Milak cruised to his tenth major forum title – gold in the 200m butterfly at the European Championships in Rome.
The 22-year-old ace became only the second swimmer in history to do a double-double (100 and 200 m in the discipline) at two consecutive championships on the continent.
The first is Michael Gross (Germany), who also did this in Rome in 1983 and in our capital Sofia in 1985.
Milak won with a time of 1:52.01 minutes, which is an achievement that is weaker than those of only two people – the Hungarian champion himself, and Michael Phelps (1:51.51).
This is the third title for the star of the European Championships in Rome, after he became first in the 100 m butterfly and in the 4×200 m relay.
He also took two silver medals, bringing his collection from major forums (world, Olympic and European) to 15 medals, 10 of which are gold. We remind you – only 22 years old.
Second was his compatriot Richard Marton, ahead of home representative Alberto Razetti, who finished third. And on the podium, Milak put the runner-up next to him on the foot of the champion, hugging him and pointing with a huge smile.
“As long as you’ve been talking about my swimming, who cares!? – the ace told reporters. – The real news and big story today is Richard. I’m just amazed how it swims, it was magnificent!
We’ve been training together for years, and after the Tokyo games he almost gave up. I told him – you won’t do it, the medals and titles are still ahead of you.
When I turned for the last meters I saw Alberto behind me and I was worried – where is Richard, he was swimming well. I said to myself – don’t give up, friend! When I saw him come out next to me in second place, I went crazy with joy. Well done, man!”
Milak’s speech, as well as his behavior on the podium, once again confirm the opinion that this is one of the most down-to-earth and positive people in the world of big sports stars.
And there is no doubt that his place there is reserved and there are still greater things to come from the Hungarian, who has already been compared to the legends of swimming.
Kristof shared his gold medal podium with his friend. What a beautiful moment!
— Kristof Milak Fan Page (@FanMilak) August 16, 2022