July 24, 2019 / 12:15 PM / a month ago

Hungary's Milak breaks Phelps' 200 butterfly world record

Swimming - 18th FINA World Swimming Championships - Men's 200m Butterfly Final - Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, South Korea - July 24, 2019. Kristof Milak of Hungary celebrates winning. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

GWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) - Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak broke the men’s 200 meters 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.

Reporting by Peter Rutherford; Editing by Ken Ferris

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