35-Yr-Old Cseh Among Hungarians Named to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Roster

The Hungarian Swimming Association (MUSZ) has published its list of athletes having qualified for both the postponed 2020 Olympic Games, as well as this year’s European Championships.

Although the association notes that there are still open slots that can be filled during the Budapest Open in June, the following athletes have been identified as having officially achieved a qualifying standard by Hungarian Swimming Association Board as it stands today. Note that, in the event that there are more than 2 names listed for an individual event, the next swimmer in line would be bumped up if one of the top two places opts out of swimming the race.

Of note, 35-year-old Laszlo Cseh is listed as the 2nd fastest Hungarian swimmer in the men’s 200m IM, having achieved an Olympic-qualifying time of 1:57.79 at the 2019 FINA World Championships. His spot, along with Dominik Kozma’s spot in the 200 free, are marked as being ‘unprotected’ by the Hungarian association, which means that those swimmers could still be bumped by a better performance at the Budapest Open, which runs from June 16-19.

The rest of the entries are considered “protected.”

This would mark Cseh’s 5th Olympic Games if he winds up on the roster.


Maxim Lobanovskij, Kristof Milak, Nandor Nemeth, Dominik Kozma, Gabor Zombori, Akos Kalmar, Gergely Gyurta, Richard Bohus, Adam Telegdy, Tamas Takacs, Mate Kutasi, Tamas Kendersi, Laszlo Cseh, Peter Bernek, David Verraszto



Fanni Gyurinovics, Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Katinka Hosszu, Ajna Kesely, Boglarka Kapas, Katalina Burian, Petra Halmai, Eszter Bekesi, Dalma Sebestyen

The European Championships squads are outlines as follows:

Men (31)
Bernek Péter (1992) BVSC-Zugló
Betlehem Dávid (2003) BÚK Veszprém
Biczó Bence (1993) FTC
Bohus Richárd (1993) BVSC-Zugló
Cseh László (1985) BVSC-Zugló
Gál Olivér (2001) HÓD ÚSE
Gyurta Gergely (1991) UTE
Balázs Holló (1999) Egri ÚK
Holoda Péter (1996) Debrecen SC SI
Horváth Dávid (1996) Kőbánya SC
Jászó Ádám (2002) Pécsi SN
Kalmár Ákos (2000) BÚK Veszprém
Tamás Kenderesi (1996) Pécsi SN
Kós Hubert (2003) UTE
Kovács Benedek Bendegúz (1998) BVSC-Zugló
Kovacsics Márk (2002) UTE
Kozma Dominik (1991) Stamina
Kutasi Máté (1998) Vasas SC
Márton Richárd (1999) Budafóka SE
Kristóf Milák (2000)
Nándor Honvéd Németh Bp. (1999)
Kristóf Rasovszky BVSC-Zugló (1997)
Dániel Sós Vaszprém Sós (1998)
Szebasztián Szas Szabó (1996) Úse Győr
Szentes Bence Szentes (1996) ÚSE
Szöllősi (1998) Szöllősi Martin . VUK SE
Tamás Takács (1998) BVSC-Zugló
Ádám Telegdy (1995) Kőbánya SC
Török Dominik Márk (2002) FTC
Verrasztó Dávid (1988) FTC
Zombori Gábor (2002) Budafóka SE

Women (25)
Eszter Békési (2002) Egri ÚK Beatás
Bordás (1992) Hullám ’91
Katalin Burián (1995) BVB-Zugló
Fábián Bettina (2004) Szeged UE
Fábián Fanni (2002) Szegedi UE
György Réka (1996) Vasas SC
Gyurinovics Fanni (2001) Vasas SC
Halmai Petra (1997) Kaposv. SI
Hosszú Katinka (1989) Iron Swim
Jakabos Zsuzsanna (1989) Győr ÚSE
Kalmár Alíz (2002) Szombathely SKSI
Kapás Boglárka (1993) UTE
Késely Ajna (2001) Kőbánya SC
Mihályvári-Farkas Viktória (2003) FTC
Olasz Anna (1993) Szegedi UE
Ollé Mónika Beatrix (1999) Stamina TK
Sebestyén Dalma (1997) Győr ÚSE
Senánszky Petra (1994) Debrecen SI
Eszter Szabó-Feltóthy (2002) Vasas SC
Szilágyi Gerda (2003) Stamina TK
Sztankovics Anna (1996) Miskolc SI
Varga Dominika (2001) Délzalai Waterworks
Vas Luca (2000) Szeged UE
Veres Laura (2005) Gyula Castle Bath
Verrasztó Evelyn (1989) FTC

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Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

At one point he was the best all around swimmer not named Phelps or Lochte. If not for them, Cseh would have had multiple gold medals.

Last edited 1 year ago by Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

How do you know which spots are protected and not protected?
Is it the times with a v after them that are protected?
Can any male and/or female that is not protected be replaced if someone swims faster? I am thinking of people listed with B times and A times without the V or V? next to them.

Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

V= protected V?=protected if he/she is at 1st/2nd place and wants to swim this event or if he/she is at 3rd place and one of the 1st/2nd place swimmer does not want to swim that event. (e.g., it is 99.99% that Hosszú and Kapás will not swim the 800/1500). If someone is 3rd or worse with an A cut time and 1st/2nd are protected then he/she obviously can not have that event. One more thing: it “during Budapest Open” in the article. It should be “until the end of Budapest Open”, as obviously EC swims count as well.

1 year ago

Two people are NOT protected in this list: László Cseh and Dominik Kozma. They both had disappointing nationals, and have been much slower than their best times. Kristóf Milák is more than safe, he can cherry pick his events.
There are a lot of people in Hungary saying that they owe a lot of thanks to Cseh. There was a time when he was THE sport of swimming for the whole country, and carried it on his shoulders. But that time has gone by, and now it would be unfair to take him, just because of his past, if others are faster / in better shape than him. If he is the best, sure! If not…

1 year ago

Both Cseh and Kozma were criticized by national team coach, Csaba Sos after the National Championships last week for not putting the effort in to the training needed for the Olympics, and that they needed to step up.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Kim
1 year ago

If I were Cseh, I’d say to that coach that I put in more work in one of my four Olympics than you’ve put in your entire life, poolboy. So STFU.

1 year ago

he has hair?

1 year ago

This just made me smile broadly. I like the middle-aged middle distance group getting a last hurrah!

1 year ago

Only Hubert Kós has qualified for the men’s 200 IM with the top time. The second slot remains open.

Sam B
1 year ago

I hope he can make it work, he should just focus on the 200 IM, make it to the finals and medal!

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