The public at the Duna Arena in Budapest was deprived of the American superstar Caeleb Dressel, last minute withdrawal from the World Swimming Championships in Hungary, but they were able to vibrate for their local hero, Kristof Milak, who gave them a new world record. world.
Milak, an Olympic champion in the specialty, won the 200m butterfly, while Dressel, a two-time defending champion in the 100m freestyle, withdrew from the queen race semi-finals just before the evening session. This withdrawal for “medical reasons” makes the long-awaited duel between the two men in the 100m butterfly, for which Dressel holds the world record, uncertain. The American had beaten the Hungarian in the distance at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. “Whether Dressel is there or not, I will be there and I will do everything I can in the 100m butterfly to get a gold or silver medal or a world record, that’s all I care about. said Milak after breaking the 200m butterfly world record. “Of course, it would be better if my big opponent was there, at home, for a face-to-face fight,” he added.
In a dream
Dressel had swum the heats of the 100m freestyle, achieving the second time behind the 17-year-old Romanian teenager David Popovici, a new sensation in the pools. “Team USA has made the decision, in consultation with Caeleb, his coach and team medical staff, to withdraw him from the 100m freestyle event for medical reasons. The team will determine its participation in the events later in the week,” the American team said in a statement, without giving further details.
Forgetting the absence of Dressel, seven-time Olympic champion, the spectators of the Duna Arena were on fire for their local champion. Milak fulfilled them by winning gold and smashing his own world record. “It’s a completely different experience to go to the pool in front of so many people cheering you on and swimming for you,” Milak told Hungarian television. “When I set foot on the pitch and got ready, I felt like I was in a dream,” he added. “It’s my house, my swimming pool. I train here, I swim in lane 4, it belongs to me,” he continued. Milak was ahead of Frenchman Léon Marchand by more than three seconds.
Without Dressel, the United States finished the evening by winning gold in the 4 x 100m mixed medley relay, ahead of Australia and the Netherlands. For his part, Olympic champion Bobby Finke took gold in the 800m freestyle. However, it was the Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk who led for half the race, but as he had done in Tokyo, the American’s last impressive length took him to victory. Another American, Nic Fink, won the 50m breaststroke, beating Italy’s 100m breaststroke world champion Nicolo Martinenghi by just 0.03 seconds. Yang Junxuan was crowned in the women’s 200m freestyle and clinched the first gold of the week for China.
The next day could allow several rising stars to shine. Canada’s Summer McIntosh (15) will be looking for her first gold medal in the women’s 200m butterfly. David Popovici could win his second title in the 100m freestyle, without Caeleb Dressel, and Léon Marchand (20) can aim for a second gold medal, in the final of the 200m medley.
The public at the Duna Arena in Budapest was deprived of the American superstar Caeleb Dressel, last minute withdrawal from the World Swimming Championships in Hungary, but they were able to vibrate for their local hero, Kristof Milak, who gave them a new world record. world.Milak, Olympic champion in the specialty, won the 200m butterfly, while Dressel, two-time defending champion in the 100m…