Hungarian teenager Kristof Malik broke the men’s 200 metres butterfly world record to claim gold at the world swimming championships in Gwangju.
Milak finished 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 a decade ago.
‘It’s a tremendous honour to beat such a great men’s world record.’ Milak said after the event.
‘When I turned back and I saw the time, 1:50.73? All the pressure and tension just went off my back and all the joy came out.’
Milak became the first man to break a Phelps world record since Milorad Cavic took the 100m fly at the 2009 Worlds, althought Phelps grabbed the record back 24 hours later.
Phelps, who retired after his record 28th Olympic medal in Rio has steadfastly refused to comment on speculation surrounding a potential comeback over the course of the last three years.
He still still holds world records in the 100m butterfly and 400m individual medley.