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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