Champion swimmers Kristof Milak and Thomas Ceccon receive custom-mint NFTs


  • Thomas Ceccon was awarded a $50,000 check, an NFT, and a print of the digital artwork behind the NFT.
  • NFTs have not been awarded to Australia’s mixed 400 free relays, which broke the world record.
  • A Budapest-based artist has created the digital artwork of the NFTs.

Concluding the swimming portion of the 2022 World Aquatics Championships, Kristof Milak and Thomas Ceccon, record-breaking world swimmers, received their custom-minted NFTs, a physical print of the artwork from those NFTs along with $50,000 checks on Saturday.

The digital artwork for the NFTs was created by local Budapest-based artist Krizbo and minted by FINA.

The winners were awarded by Captain Husain Al Musallam, President of the FINA.

Signed prints of the digital artwork attached to the NFTs were also awarded to the athletes.

Ceccon’s picture of artwork includes the colors of the Hungarian flag and Budapest’s two iconic buildings: the Hungarian Parliament building and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Though the two artworks are almost identical, the athlete who broke the record is featured in each, posed after the race.

Ceccon, with a mustache, points towards the crowd in his edition. The hometown Milak sits more passively and gazes high at his artwork.

Ceccon broke his world record in the 100 backstrokes, where his 51.60 in a quarter of a second broke Ryan Murphy’s previous record of 51.85. On the other hand, Milak swam 1: 50.34 in the 200 backstrokes and broke his world record of 1: 50.34.