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Hungary's Milak breaks Phelps' 200 butterfly world record

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Kristof Milak, nouveau roi du 200m papillon

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ByReuters
24/07/2019 at 11:55 | Updated 24/07/2019 at 15:13

Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak broke the men's 200 metres butterfly world record on Wednesday to win gold at the world swimming championships.

Milak touched the wall in a time of 1:50.73 ahead of Japan's Daiya Seto (1:53.86) and South African Chad le Clos (1:54.15).

The 19-year-old's new record broke American great Michael Phelps' mark of 1:51.51 set at the World Championships in 2009.

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Speaking at the event, Milak said: "It’s a tremendous honour to beat such a great men’s world record.

When I turned back and I saw the time, 1:50.73? All the pressure and tension just went off my back and all the joy came out.

Phelps still holds world records in the 100m butterfly and 400m individual medley - and he regained his 100m fly world record 24 hours after Milorad Cavic took it from him a decade ago.

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