Hungarian swimmer Kristóf Milák triumphed in the Olympic men's 200m butterfly event on Wednesday but complained a tear in his trunks cost him a new world record.
The 21-year-old world champion, who beat Michael Phelps's world record in 2019, finished in first place in a new Olympic record time of 1m 51.25s. The time was more than two seconds ahead of second-place swimmer Tomoru Honda of Japan (1:53.73) and Italy's third-placed Federico Burdisso (1:54.45). However, Milák said his time could have been much faster if his trunks had not ripped before the race.
"They split 10 minutes before I entered the pool and in that moment I knew the world record was gone," he said after the race, throwing the torn togs at a table. "I lost my focus and knew I couldn't do it... but I am happy with the gold medal."
Hungary's first gold medal was won by Áron Szilágyi in the men’s individual sabre. The win means Szilágyi is the first man to ever win three Olympic gold medals in an individual fencing discipline.