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World Swimming Championships: Milak crushes Phelps’ 10-year-old record

Elated: Kristof Milak, who was in elementary school when Michael Phelps set the 200m butterfly record, celebrates. File   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Chinese giant Sun Yang suffered defeat on Wednesday after an emotional week in which he has clashed with rival swimmers over doping allegations, while Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak shattered Michael Phelps’s 200m butterfly world record.

Triple Olympic champion Sun had already retained his 200 and 400m crown in Gwangju but he finished a distant sixth in the 800m final behind Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, who claimed gold in seven minutes, 39.27 seconds from Norway’s Henrik Christiansen.

A brutal schedule looked to have taken its toll on Sun, who has been involved in angry confrontations with Australian Mack Horton and Britain’s Duncan Scott after they snubbed him at two different medal ceremonies in response to bombshell claims made in a FINA doping panel report.

The leaked document alleged that Sun destroyed blood samples after he was visited by testers last year.

After taking bronze behind Milak, South Africa’s Chad le Clos weighed in as the sample-smashing row rumbled on.

“They should all be banned for life, the guys that have cheated,” he sniffed. “What Duncan did was fantastic.”

Exhausted

“I was exhausted,” winced the Chinese idol. “My legs and arms felt sore — the hardest part is juggling a tight schedule but I’ll have to do that at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

An 11-time world champion, Sun accused Horton of “disrespecting China” by refusing to step onto the podium for the winner’s national anthem after the 400m final at the weekend.

And Sun, who has complained privately of being shunned by other athletes in Korea, went eyeball to eyeball with Scott after Tuesday’s 200m medal presentation.

Meanwhile, Milak stormed to gold in the men’s 200m fly, clocking a blistering 1:50.73 to obliterate Phelps’s 10-year-old mark.

Unprecendented

Elsewhere, Italian Federica Pellegrini retained her 200m freestyle title in 1:54.22, while Britain’s Adam Peaty completed an unprecedented hat-trick of world doubles in the 50 and 100m breaststroke as he romped to gold in the one-lap final in 26.06.

The results: Men: 800m freestyle: 1. Gregorio Paltrinieri (Ita) 7:39.27s, 2. Henrik Christiansen (Nor) 7:41.28, 3. David Aubry (Fra) 7:42.08.

200m butterfly: 1. Kristof Milak (Hun) 1:50.73 (WR, Old: 1:51.51, Michael Phelps, 2009), 2. Daiya Seto (Jpn) 1:53.86, 3. Chad le Clos (RSA) 1:54.15.

50m breaststroke: 1. Adam Peaty (GBr) 26.06, 2. Felipe Lima (Bra) 26.66, 3. Joao Gomes (Bra) 26.69.

Women: 200m freestyle: 1. Federica Pellegrini (Ita) 1:54.22, 2. Ariarne Titmus (Aus) 1:54.66, 3. Sarah Sjostrom (Swe) 1:54.78.

Mixed 4x100m medley relay: 1. Australia 3:39.08, 2. USA 3:39.10, 3. Great Britain 3:40.68.

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