Happy 60th Birthday To The 1st ‘Fly WR

Michael Phelps, the latest in a line of 'fly pioneers

Whichever way you count it (shiny or not), butterfly has come a long way since the first world record was established on the stroke 60 years ago this week; on May 31, 1953, Gyorgy Tumpek, of Hungary, wowed a home crown in Budapest with a 1:04.3 swim over 100m. That was the first butterfly world record and the first of six global standards he would set over two laps. A new era had begun [Photo: USA Swimming]

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Whichever way you count it (shiny or not), butterfly has come a long way since the first world record was established on the stroke 60 years ago this week; on May 31, 1953, Gyorgy Tumpek, of Hungary, wowed a home crown in Budapest with a 1:04.3 swim over 100m. That was the first butterfly world record and the first of six global standards he would set over two laps. A new era had begun [Photo: USA Swimming]

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