Cseh Is ‘Far Away From His Peak’: 200 Butterfly Race Video, Quotes


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En route to winning gold tonight at the 2016 European Championships, Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh came dangerously close to breaking his own European Record from 2008. With a time tonight of 1:52.91, Cseh settled for a new meet record and new world #1, while also beating out the 1:52.94 mark rival American Michael Phelps scored last year at the U.S. Summer Nationals.

But for the top echelons of our sport, even becoming just the 2nd swimmer ever to score a 1:52-point time twice in a career isn’t good enough.

Of his performance tonight, Cseh said post-race, “I wanted to break my European record from 2008, I lacked some minor things to achieve that but it’s all fine as I know I am far away from my peak. If I arrived to Rio in this shape I would be utterly disappointed.”

Look out, Rio!

Race video courtesy of All Sports Athlete.



  • Laszlo Cseh (HUN) – 1:52.91, *Championship Record
  • Viktor Bromer (DEN) – 1:55.35
  • Tamas Kenderesi (HUN) – 1:55.39

Hungary is having quite the night, as the nation reaps yet another European Championship title. Breaking the 4th championship record of this finals session was Laszlo Csehthe reigning World Champion and now age-defying master of the 200m butterfly event.

After scorching a 1:54.29 last night in semi’s, Cseh proved once again that old-man speed never goes out of style, as the 31-year old rocked a monster 1:52.91 to win the event tonight by well over 2 seconds. His performance crushed the 1:53.48 he registered for the win in Kazan last summer and now placed him well ahead of the rest of the world in the overall rankings this season.

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4 years ago

I doubt that….

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

You have the right to do so. Of course it doesn’t mean that you are right and he won’t, but if it makes you sleep better at night 🙂

Remmiws 8
4 years ago

Cseh will finally get his gold medal in Rio!

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Remmiws 8
4 years ago

He has a good chance in the 200m fly, but your are overacting in the heat of the moment to declare gold for him.

4 years ago

Cseh with THE swim of 2016…..

Reply to  David
4 years ago

Um…you might have missed that world record by Ledecky…

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Still 😛

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