A 19-Year-Old Hungarian Phenom Just Shattered Michael Phelps' World Record

Kristóf Milák absolutely destroyed one of Phelps' strongest world records. The scary part is he's only 19.

Michael Phelps is no longer king of the 200-meter Butterfly.

And Kristóf Milák didn't just break Phelps' long-standing world record in the event — he shattered it.

Milák, a 19-year-old Hungarian phenom, clocked a mind-boggling 1:50.73 in the event at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships, clearing Phelps' best time by .78 seconds. In elite level swimming, that's an eternity.

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Michael Phelps is no longer king of the 200-meter Butterfly.

And Kristóf Milák didn't just break Phelps' long-standing world record in the event — he shattered it.

Milák, a 19-year-old Hungarian phenom, clocked a mind-boggling 1:50.73 in the event at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships, clearing Phelps' best time by .78 seconds. In elite level swimming, that's an eternity.

"It's a tremendous honor to set such a great record," Milák told Reuters after his historic race. "Until 14 I was a backstroker and later I focused on the butterfly. But earlier I only did 100 meters because I wasn't strong enough."

Though he'd been training largely for the butterfly lately, Milák now has his eye on world-record performances across a variety of events. "I suffered a lot during my training. I would like to compete on backstroke and freestyle in the future," he told FinaTV.

Definitely a name to remember with the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics roughly a year away.

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