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Kristof Milak Breaks Michael Phelps Record to Win 200m Butterfly Gold at World Championships

Hungary's Kristof Milak clocked 1:50.73 in Gwangju to win the 200 metres butterfly gold medal at the World Swimming Championships.

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Updated:July 24, 2019, 7:21 PM IST
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Kristof Milak Breaks Michael Phelps Record to Win 200m Butterfly Gold at World Championships
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Gwangju: Hungary's Kristof Milak shattered Michael Phelps's 200 metres butterfly world record Wednesday as he stormed to his first world title.

The 19-year-old, who has been flirting with the American's 10-year-old mark this season, clocked a blistering 1:50.73 in Gwangju with Japan's Daiya Seto pipping South African Chad le Clos for silver and shattered Phelps' 10-year-old mark by almost eight tenths.

Astonishingly, silver medallist Daiya Seto of Japan touched more than three seconds behind the 19-year-old Hungarian.

"It's a tremendous honour to beat such a great record," said Milak, who has already set his sights on next year's Olympics.

"Everyone will try to catch me, but I will be ready."

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