A new Olympic record was set in the pool as Hungarian swimmer Kristof Milak recorded a 1:51.25 time in the 200m butterfly final, claiming his first ever gold medal and the new record.
The 21-year-old won the event comfortably with silver medalist Tomoru Honda from Japan posting a 1:53.73 and bronze medalist Fredrico Burdisso from Italy a time of 154.45.
The previous record was held by Michael Phelps who set the mark with a time of 1:52.03 in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Not only does Milak now hold the Olympic record, he also holds the world record in the event with a time of 1:50 that he set back in July 2019.
This is Milak’s first gold medal in these Olympics so far as he was unable to win a medal as a member of Hungary’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay team on Monday finishing fifth. He will have a second chance at a gold medal when he competes in the 100m fly.
He will have much stiffer competition in the 100m fly as the event will feature current world record holder American Caleb Dressel.