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The Hungarian teenager shattered Michael Phelps' world record for the 200m butterfly in South Korea Wednesday

By Matt McNulty
July 24, 2019 03:25 PM
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Kristof Milak
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After 18 years, Michael Phelps is no longer the world record holder in the 200m butterfly.

19-year-old Kristof Milak of Hungary impressed spectators at the FINA world championships in South Korea on Wednesday, swimming a time of 1:50.73 — beating Phelps’ world record by .78 seconds, according to the Olympic Channel.

Phelps first set the world record back in 2001 at the age of 15, becoming the youngest male swimmer to break a world record in doing so. Since then, however, he’s broken his own record seven times, most recently clocking in a time of 1:51.51 in Rome in 2009, which remained unbeaten until Wednesday.

Milak finished first on Wednesday by a whopping three seconds, defeating Japan’s Daiya Seto, who came in second with a time of 1:53:86, and South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who came in third with a time of 1:54:15, according to USA Today.

Phelps, 34, still holds the world records for the 100m butterfly, which he broke in 2009, and the 400m individual medley, which the swimmer set in 2008.