Hungarian teen Kristof Milak shatters Michael Phelps’ 200m butterfly world record

first_img Next Hungarian teen Kristof Milak shatters Michael Phelps’ 200m butterfly world recordKristof Milak, 19, won the 200m butterfly gold at the world championships with a timing of 1:50.73s, 0.78s faster than Michael Phelps world record of 1:51.51s set in 2009. advertisement Reuters GwangjuJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 09:30 IST Kristof Milak broke Michael Phelps’s 200m fly record on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKristof Milak broke Michael Phelps’ 200m butterfly world recordThe Hungarian teenager won the world championships gold in South KoreaMilak is the youngest winner of the 200 butterfly since Phelps triumphed as an 18-year-oldHungarian teenager Kristof Milak shattered Michael Phelps’ 10-year-old world record in the 200 metres butterfly on Wednesday while Adam Peaty sewed up a third straight breaststroke double with victory in the 50 metres at the world championships.Budapest-born Milak won gold in a time of 1:50.73, lopping 0.78 seconds off Phelps’ 1:51.51 set in Rome in 2009.”It’s a tremendous honour to set such a great record,” he said. “Until 14 I was a backstroker and later I focused on the butterfly. But earlier I only did 100 metres because I wasn’t strong enough.”There can be no question about his strength now.At 19, Milak is the youngest winner of the 200 butterfly since Phelps triumphed as an 18-year-old in 2003, the second of the American great’s five world titles in the event.WR alert!! ????????Kristof Milak sets a World Record stopping the clock in 1:50.73 in the 200m Butterfly! ????He beats @MichaelPhelps record from 2009! CONGRATS, Kristof! ?????????#FINAGwangju2019 (@fina1908) July 24, 2019Peaty shattered a record of his own on Sunday, becoming the first swimmer to go under 57 seconds in the 100 breaststroke semi-finals and while he could not repeat the feat in the 50 he was still streets ahead of his rivals.The Briton posted 26.06, the third fastest 50 of all time and 0.6 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Brazilian Felipe Lima.”Got the triple double which is a massive thing for me,” said Peaty. “It’s what I came here to do. The 56 happened so it’s just everything complete really.”Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has been a lightning rod for controversy at the championships but his bid for glory in the 800 freestyle fizzled out as he trailed home in sixth.advertisementSun is swimming under a cloud in Gwangju with a doping case against him set to be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September.His presence has upset fans and fellow athletes alike, with two swimmers, Australian Mack Horton and Briton Duncan Scott, showing their displeasure in the most public way possible.Horton refused to share the podium after picking up silver behind Sun in the 400 while 200 bronze medallist Scott refused to shake his hand at the medals ceremony, a move that triggered a furious response from the Chinese swimmer.All three athletes were sent warning letters by governing body FINA over their conduct.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kristof MilakFollow Michael PhelpsFollow SwimmingFollow Gwangju World Championshipslast_img

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