TOKYO – Hungarian Kristof Milak has warned American Caeleb Dressel that he’ll catch him within the 100m butterfly and dominate the occasion in each distances.
Milak, the 200m winner in Tokyo, got here in simply 0.23 seconds behind Dressel to say the Olympic silver medal, because the American broke his personal world report.
“Many individuals have informed me I can’t catch Dressel, it’s inconceivable they mentioned, however now on this race I see there’s a chance,” Milak informed reporters.
“Now I can set myself a practical goal to win the race both within the worlds or the subsequent Olympics,” he mentioned.
Going into the race, Dressel held seven of the ten quickest occasions within the historical past of the occasion, however was pushed all the way in which by the 21-year-old Hungarian.
“That was the utmost I might give. I’m glad that Caeleb wanted a world report to beat me,” mentioned Milak.
Dressel didn’t argue along with his rival’s evaluation and there’s clearly a wholesome respect between the 2.
“It was extraordinarily shut. Kristof swam an exquisite race and it took a world report to win the Olympic remaining. And I don’t suppose it occurs that usually within the Olympics. To have two of the quickest occasions in historical past, it’s superb,” he mentioned.
“To do this with them proper subsequent to me in lane 5 that’s actually particular. I believe it was actually enjoyable to observe and I’ve a number of respect for Kristof,” he mentioned.
The Hungarian mentioned he used the additional 12 months after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic so as to add weight and construct up his muscle tissue, giving him a greater likelihood to tackle the imposing Dressel.
“I keep in mind on the Budapest World Championships (in 2017) his wave simply blew me away,” Milak mentioned.
“I’m stronger and heavier than I used to be 4 years in the past, so I might sustain with him,” the 21-year previous mentioned. “For me this final 12 months has been a profit as a result of I turned extra athletic and stronger.”
Milak’s try to set a brand new world report in his 200 fly win was hampered by a lack of focus after he ripped his trunks earlier than the race and needed to make a hasty swap within the locker room.
If he seemed lower than delighted by his gold medal, he was surprisingly upbeat after ending second, clearly inspired by his progress in searching down Dressel.
The American, who has received three golds in Tokyo, actually is taking the risk severely.