World record holder Kristof Milak won the Olympic gold in the men’s 200m butterfly on Wednesday but complained that a tear in his torso cost him a new global mark.
The 21-year-old Hungarian, who broke Michael Phelps’ world record in 2019, hit the wall with a new Olympic record of 1 min 51.25 sec.
He was more than two seconds ahead of Japan’s Tomoru Honda (1: 53.73) and Italy’s Federico Burdisso (1: 54.45).
But Milak said his time could have been much better if his trunks hadn’t torn before the race, which he said cost him another world record.
“They split 10 minutes before I got into the pool and at that point I knew the world record was gone,” he said after the race, angrily throwing the flip-flops torn on a table.
“I lost my focus and knew I couldn’t do it… but I’m happy with the gold medal. “
Milak entered the race with a personal best almost two seconds ahead of everyone else, and winning the gold seemed like a mere formality.
He was still in control, turning halfway with a comfortable lead and accelerating towards the wall with a devastating turn.
London 2012 champion Chad le Clos of South Africa finished fifth in what will likely be his last Olympics.
Hungarian Tamas Kenderesi finished fourth, narrowly missing a repeat of his bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
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