Chad le Clos Out-Duels Laszlo Cseh in 100 Fly in Italy


  • 15/17 GIUGNO 2018
  • Vasca Lunga 50 metri – Parco della pace Pesaro
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In a big battle between veteran butterfliers, Chad le Clos beat Laszlo Cseh in the 4-swimmer men’s 100 fly final on Friday at the Rossini Swim Cup in Pesaro, Italy. The race, which didn’t happen until around 10PM local time, also featured Hungarian team Nandor Nemeth and Italian Eugenio Vecchietti.

In the middle of the pool, where the focus was, Le Clos opened in 25.0 to a 25.2 for Cseh, a marginal lead for the 2012 Olympic Champion in the 200 fly. The second half, though, is where the South African Le Clos made his hay: he split 27.39 while Cseh faded in 28.49.

The final times saw Le Clos in 52.44 and Cseh behind in 53.70.

Cseh also swam the 50 free on Saturday in 23.98 and the 50 back in 26.39; Le Clos was was entered in both events but scratched out of prelims.

Both swimmers cruised to 24-highs in the 50 fly on Saturday morning in prelims, with Cseh also swimming a 2:02.50 in the 200 IM in Saturday’s prelims.


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That’s pretty impressive for Cseh, considering he is 40 years old.

Ol' Longhorn

Just seems that way. Happens when you medal in an Olympics at age 18 and hang around to 32.


Cech is 32 years old. He born December 1985.


Chad Le Clos not veteran. He only 26 years old. Cech is veteran swimmer and 32 years old.

Coach John

they can both be considered veteran’s in their own right Kristiina, it is relative term not based on age but experience if not results.

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Chad Le Clos
Gold Medal 200 fly 2012 Olympics
Silver Medal 100 fly 2012 Olympics
2013 Gold Medal in 100 and 200 fly gold medals at worlds
2014, world records in 100 and 200 fly short course
2015 200 fly Silver Medal at Worlds, 50.56 100 fly Gold
2016 Silver in 200 free at Olympics, and Silver in 100 fly.
2016 world records again
2017, Gold Medal in 200 fly at worlds
2018 Gold Medal in 200 fly, 100 fly, 50 fly at commenwealth games. Silver in 100 free.

How is this guy not a vet? He’s probably the 2nd greatest butterflier of all time.

Ol' Longhorn

Across all distances and all courses, he’s the greatest butterflier of all time. He could swim a 50 fly. Phelps couldn’t.


Mark Spitz

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It’s not that Phelps couldn’t, but that his training regimen (400 im) wasn’t optimal for that. Another thing is, he never chose to swim it at big meets. But his world record split goes out in 23.3. With Chad, notice he is only 50 mid or 1:53 at one time. Never both at once.

Ol' Longhorn

A no-breath (or 1 breath) 50 fly is a completely different skill than a breathe every stroke up to the last stroke flyer like Phelps. It’s why Michael Andrew can be world class as a no-breath 50 freestyler, but can’t do a breathe every cycle 100 free. Phelps’ 23.3 in a rubber suit is not all that fast, considering Cavic, who was a legit 50 flyer, was half a body length ahead at the time.

bear drinks beer

26 is not a young age for swimmers.


Yes it is. Phelps retired at 31. Anthony Ervin retired at 35. Biedermann retired at 31. Lochte is 33 and still going. Cseh 32 still going. Tons of swimmers are in their 30s. Lochte himself peaked at 27

Philip Johnson

26 is relatively old in swimming years.

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