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There’s been an addition to the just-announced Hungarian roster for the 2024 European Championships with versatile ace Hubert Kos joining the squad. Archive photo via Jack Spitser/Spitser Photography
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May 13th, 2024 Europe, European Championships, International, News
The 33-strong Hungarian roster for next month’s European Championships was unveiled yesterday and already there’s a change.
Just announced by the federation, 21-year-old Hubert Kos will now be joining the likes of Kristof Milak and Adam Telegdy in Belgrade, Serbia beginning on June 17th.
The following was posted on Instagram today while Kos was attending an altitude training camp in Colorado Springs.
Kos said, “So he [coach Bob Bowman] wrote that he thinks that the European Championship is at the right time and that I still have to participate in a competition before the Olympics. And that works out, if Bob thinks so, then I think so.”
Kos worked with national coach Csaba Sos on his event lineup, which will include the 50m/100m fly, 50m/100m back and 200m IM. He will not contest the 200m back, the event in which he owns the Hungarian record of 1:54.14 en route to becoming world champion last year in Fukuoka.
“I do whatever Csaba asks,” said Kos.
“I will not be in shape at all, but I need a good competition.
“Leon (Marchand) will enter the French Championship at the same time, that’s why Bob sends me to Belgrade, and from there I will go back to France and train with them until the Olympics.”
Bowman will be on the French coaching staff at the 2024 Olympic Games with protege with world record holder Leon Marchand under his tutelage. The French Elite Championships will indeed run concurrently with the European Championships, with the former spanning June 16th – June 21st to the latter’s June 17th – June 24th.
Kos and Marchand were teammates at Arizona State University and are friendly rivals in the IM events. Late last month Kos announced his transfer from ASU to Texas where Bowman has taken over as head coach.

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Can someone clarify what’s happening with all of Bob’s previous ASU swimmers heading into US Olympic trials and the games?
If one includes Bob Bowman’s pro group the number is quite large. On the men’s side Hubert Kos and Zalan Sarkany are both scheduled to Swim at the European Championships representing Hungary..
Faster than Milak in 100 fly lol
This seems like a meet specifically designed to pick Kos’ 2nd and /or 3rd event.
The 200back is clearly in. And he probably doesn’t want to swim 4 events, so it’s most likely between the 200IM and 100fly which conflict
My thoughts exactly – he definitely will have a 3rd event though: 100/200 back are certain, and the 3rd is between the 2 you mentioned above. He was pretty bummed about his 200IM at NC’s and his 100 fly was great in San Antonio, so I’m still a bit surprised he is giving the 200IM a last chance (for the Olympics anyway), but he is WJR holder and defending European champion, so it’s probably difficult to let go.
Meanwhile, Bob Bowman hangs out to dry the domestic contingent of the pro group at Arizona State University. I would savor a completely unfiltered response from Olivia, Paige, Regan, Simone.
Olivia and Simone were training with Herbie to begin with and Regan is still training with Bowman, which she will continue to do when Bob is with the French, because the French allow him to train foreign athletes. All of Bob’s American swimmers will train with him until the Olympics. Nobody is hanging out to dry (of the pro group anyway – the college team – or what remains of it – is a different matter).
not to mention he’s been the French coach for a while so this is no surprise to anyone in that pro group.
How would their American swimmers train with him, if he Will be there the entire period prior to the olympics in France?
Trying to catch Milak lacking
I think Setti Coli runs at the same time as well. How many big meets (at least in Europe) will be running concurrently with the European Championships?
25 may-2 jun Mare Nostrum (Canet, Barcelona, Monaco)
16-21 Jun olympic trials france
17 -23 jun european championships
18-22 Jun open Spain (trials)
21-23 jun settecolli
He will boost our position on the medal table that’s for sure. I’m really really curious to see his 200 IM (of which he is defending champion), and if the Bowman training actually improved his IM in the long pool, because his PB is from 3 years ago.
If he can improve his breaststroke, he could be a force in the IM – it’s really poor.
Hard to fake breastroke long course!

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