Cseh Earns 20th Career European Championship Medal With 50 Fly Silver

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With a runner-up finish in the men’s 50 fly on the second night of finals at the European Championships in London Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh earned his 20th career LC European Championship medal. Cseh’s medals span over the course of 12 years, beginning in Madrid in 2004 and going until this year in London.

Cseh’s wide range of abilities was on display early in his career, as he claimed gold in Madrid in the 100 backstroke and the 400 IM, to go along with a bronze in the 400 medley relay. Cseh would go onto win 10 more gold medals over the next five Championships, along with three more silver and three more bronze.

Here’s a breakdown of the medals Cseh has won at the European Championships individually.

 Event       Gold      Silver      Bronze
100 Back        1       0         0
200 Back       0       1         0
50 Fly       0       1         0
100 Fly       0       2         0
200 Fly       1       0         0
200 IM       5       0         0
400 IM       5       0        0
Total     12      4     0

The majority of Cseh’s individual medal haul has come from the individual medley, where he has won a total of 10 golds. He also showed prominence in the backstroke events early in his career, and recently has focused more on the butterfly events. Considering Cseh was the Olympic silver medalist in the 200 fly all the way back in 2008, it is surprising he only has one medal to his name in that event.

To go along with his 16 individual medals Cseh has won the other four on relays. He has three bronze medals from 2004, 2012 and 2014 in the 400 medley relay, and another bronze from the 800 free relay in 2012.

Other notable male swimmers who have impressive medal hauls from the European Championships include Alexander Popov (26), Massimiliano Rosolino (21), Pieter van den Hoogenband (19), and Filippo Magnini (17). These swimmers all benefitted much more from relays than Cseh did. For example, Rosolino won 14 individual medals while Popov and van den Hoogenband won 13 compared to Cseh’s 16.

Cseh is currently the European record holder in three events: the 200 IM (1:55.18), 400 IM (4:06.16) and the 200 fly (1:52.70), and is also the reigning world champion in the 200 fly.

He will have a few more opportunities to add his medal haul, as he is seeded 1st in both the 100 and 200 fly coming up later in the competition. After posting the time this morning in the 200 IM prelims Cseh scratched the semi-final. The men’s 200 fly prelims goes off tomorrow morning, and the close proximity of the 200 fly semi and 200 IM final tomorrow night is likely what fuelled Cseh’s decision to scratch.

 

 

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Coach Mike 1952

Laszlo has shown a lasting versatility over a considerable period of time. Seems that – if not for Michael Phelps & Ryan Lochte, he might have won a few Olympic & other event gold medals. Statisticians among us will have the correct answer on that one & hopefully can enlighten us further here, thanks.

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“he might have won a few Olympic & other event gold medals” – well, given the 3 silver medals behind Phelps in Beijing 2008 alone I would say, ‘yes, he might have won’ 🙂

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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