Hungarian Laszlo Cseh has broken another European Record to close his 2015 European Short Course Championships in Netanya, Israel. In the final session of competition Sunday, Cseh swam 1:49.00 in the men’s 200 short course meters butterfly, which broke the old European Record of 1:49.46 done by Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov in the waning weeks of the 2009 supersuit era.
That record will pair with Cseh’s win in the 200 IM as his 2nd European Record of the meet, and in total he’s won three golds (100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM).
In his post-200 IM video interview, Cseh said that despite his success in that event, the butterflies were still his primary focus going toward the Olympic Games.
He backed that up with this swim that improved his lifetime best by almost two seconds – his previous personal and Hungarian Record was a 1:50.87, though he hasn’t swum it frequently since 2011.
Over the summer, en route to his World title in the 200 fly, Cseh swam 1:53.48 – his best time since the 2008 Olympic Games. His swim from Sunday converts to around a 1:52 in long course meters, which would make him apt competition for the World Record holder Michael Phelps and the defending Olympic Champion Chad le Clos in Rio as the rivalry of two grows to a battle of three for 2016.
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- Chad le Clos – 1:48.56 (2013)
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- Chad le Clos – 1:48.88 (2014)
- Daiya Seto – 1:48.92 (2014)
- Chad le Clos 1:49.00 (2015)