Swimming World Cup: Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak breaks ten-year-old record of Michael Phelps
The Hungarian Kristof Milak has broken the 200-meter butterfly at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, by the record-breaking Olympic champion Michael Phelps' ten-year-old world record.
The 19-year-old secured gold in the final after 1: 50.73 minutes and was 78 hundredths of a second faster than Phelps at the 2009 World Cup in Rome (1: 51.51 minutes). Second was Japanese Diaya Seto ahead of South African Chad le Clos.
Also cheered was the Italian Federica Pellegrini, who has expanded their record series over 200 meters freestyle. The 30-year-old secured the title in the final after 1: 54.22 minutes and thus her eighth World Cup medal in a row.
Ten years after her first victory in Rome, the world record holder also won her sixth gold at World Championships. "I'm too old for these emotions," she said after the race.
Pellegrini also announced that this was their last World Cup. However, she had claimed after her World Cup triumph in 2017 in Budapest, over 200 meters freestyle no longer want to go to the start.