Cseh Named To Hungary’s Roster For 5th Olympic Games

Earlier this year we wrote how 35-year-old Hungarian swimming icon Laszlo Cseh was provisionally listed as having qualified for his nation’s roster for the postponed 2020 Olympic Games. Now, with the final qualification meet for Hungary having concluded, the man has indeed officially qualified for his fifth Games.

In March, Cseh was 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 on the Tokyo lineup was not a sure thing, as athletes still had the just-concluded Budapest Open at which they could better an existing unprotected time, such as Cseh’s in the 200m IM.

However, he took the 200m IM over any other competitor this past weekend, clocking a time of 2:00.80 to seal his spot in the event alongside teammate and World Junior record holder in the event, Hubert Kos.

Katinka Hosszu is set to swim the 200m back, 200m fly, 200m IM and 400m IM where she’ll attempt to defend a portion of her onslaught of medals from Rio. At those 2016 Games, Hosszu reaped gold in the 100m back and both IM events while also snagging silver in the 200m back.

Although not quite as dominant over the past couple of years, Hosszu still ranks 14th in the 200m IM and carries the world’s 5th fastest 400m IM time this season into Tokyo. Plus, she’ll be backed up in the 400m IM by rising teenager Viktoria Mihályvári Farkas who ranks 12th in the world.

Reigning world champion Boglarka Kapas has officially been selected in the 200m fly while Kristof Milak, reigning world record holder and world champion the 200m fly, will be racing that event, as well as the 100m fly sprint.

Largely due to Hosszu’s remarkable performances, the nation of Hungary finished 3rd in the overall country medal table behind top finishers the United States and runners-up Australia.

As a refresher, you can view all rosters announced thus far here: SwimSwam’s Olympic Roster Index

Hungarian Olympic Roster for Tokyo

FINA ‘B’ times swimmers are denoted

Békési Eszter (200m breast
Bernek Péter (400m IM)
Bohus Richárd (100m back)
Burián Katalin (100m back, 200m back)
Cseh László (200m IM)
Fábián Fanni (200m free – B)
Gyurinovics Fanni (4x100m medley relay)
Gyurta Gergely (1500m free)
Halmai Petra (4x100m mixed relay)
Holló Balázs (4x200m free relay)
Holoda Péter (4x100m medley)
Horváth Dávid (100m breast– B, 200m breast – B)
Hosszú Katinka (200m back, 200m fly, 200m IM, 400m IM )
Jakabos Zsuzsanna (4x200m relay)
Kalmár Ákos (800m free 1500m free)
Kapás Boglárka (200m fly)
Kenderesi Tamás (200m fly)
Késely Ajna (400m free, 800m free 1500m free)
Kós Hubert (200m IM)
Kovács Benedek (4x100m mixed medley)
Kozma Dominik (200m free)
Lobanovszkij Makszim (50m free)
Márton Richárd (4x200m relay)
Mihályvári Farkas Viktória (1500m free, 400m IM)
Milák Kristóf (100m fly, 200m fly)
Németh Nándor (100m free, 200m free)
Sebestyén Dalma (200m IM, 100m fly– B)
Senánszky Petra (50m free – B, 100m free – B)
Sztankovics Anna (100m breast– B)
Szabó Szebasztián (100m free, 100m fly)
Takács Tamás (4x100m medley relay)
Telegdy Ádám (100m back, 200m back)
Veres Laura (4x200m relay)
Verrasztó Dávid (400m IM)
Verrasztó Evelyn (4x200m relay)
Zombori Gábor (400m free)

Open Water
Olasz Anna (10km)
Rasovszky Kristóf (10km)

 

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Hopper
3 months ago

Absolute goat in a world without Phelps

SwimmerFan99
Reply to  Hopper
3 months ago

Mmm not quite, Lochte’s the better candidate in that regard. Cseh was indeed quite unfortunate to have been born in the exact same era as those two though!

TerryO
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
3 months ago

László would have won 4 medley golds in 2004 and 2008. That would have much the hungarian record for a men, Darnyi did the same in 1988 & 1992, but Cseh would have won 200 butterfly in Beijing as well. And without his leg injury in Athens he would have finish second in the 100 back as well. So this is five individual gold medals and better the Lochte.

He said what?
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

No, Ryan beat Cseh in the 200 in Athens.

TerryO
Reply to  He said what?
3 months ago

Its true, but László had a fractured leg, and only missed the silver with 7 hundreth of a second.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

But in Beijing Ryan drank the tap water and was evacuating all the way through the 4IM…

We can argue all day. They are both great swimmers but only one of them has Olympic gold medals in medley and back, only one of them has set LC World Records, only one of them ever beat Phelps, and only one of them won 4 individual golds at a single LC WCs.

And only one of them has been getting picked for teams just because of who they are since 2017.

EliteSwim99
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

We could argue all day about hypotheticals “Lochte would have x if only y!” Lochte is objectively the better swimmer, both in terms of times and accolades. There is no dispute.

Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
Reply to  Hopper
3 months ago

He is still considered as the best swimmer of all time in Europe, which is a heck of a title

Last edited 3 months ago by Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
bigNowhere
Reply to  Hopper
3 months ago

Early in Phelps career, Cseh was the clear #2. Later on, Lochte got better and better and eventually surpassed Cseh.

That is part of what I liked about Lochte; he was not a phenom like Phelps or Cseh. As a freshman at Florida in 2003, he was good enough to do well at NCAAs, but (from what I recall) didn’t win any events. Meanwhile Phelps was already setting multiple world records. But Lochte kept at it, and kept getting faster every year, eventually catching both of them in his mid-20s.

Last edited 3 months ago by bigNowhere
Sam B
3 months ago

Viktoria Fargas?
= Viktoria MIHALYVARI-FARKAS

Sportinindc
3 months ago

Congrats László!

TerryO
3 months ago

Milák sadly not compete in 200 free, just a waist of talent. But two third of this swimmers are near nowhere being A-level swimmer this year. The Hungarian swimming rules should change drasticly to achieve more. For example Zombori barely swim under 3:50 since 2019. A country like Hungary should be banned to send B-level swimmers. And Kapás not competing in 400 free is stupidity as is best. She could fail miserable in the 200 fly without racing before it.

And my childhood hero still there, hoping for a semi-final for Laci as the minimum.

Kim
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

Has there been any mayor meets since 2019 where Zombori should have been rested? As I recall, there has been something called a pandemic 🙂

TerryO
Reply to  Kim
3 months ago

Yes, two small one, the last two hungarian swimming championships, and the Euros last month in Budapest.

Littlefin
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

You are a little ray of sunshine 🙂

Coach
3 months ago

This man has had a tremendous career.

MTK
3 months ago

Do we think Katinka wins any medals this time around?

TerryO
Reply to  MTK
3 months ago

She will, in the 400 medley for sure, but totally nonsense that she will swim the 200 backstroke, near the nowhere the 2016-2017 form of herself (much more the TUSUPself), without him she is simply slow and bad in backstroke. She is near nowhere to the 2:10,39 in 2020-2021. A talanted hungarian backstroker is benched thanks to her. She will race maximum three events in Tokyo, in simply nonsense not to race in an event, where you enter, and has 1 or even 2 other girls with an A-level behind you in your country!!

Justin
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

She’s been in mediocre form. If she wins the 400IM I’ll be slightly shook.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Justin
3 months ago

She has a better chance now that McKeown, Wood, and Margalis are all out.

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Justin
3 months ago

The 400 IM field is not very strong all over the World. Although she’s not at top form, she’s still only 1 second behind the world leader at this point. Won’t be too surprising if she wins.

TerryO
Reply to  Justin
3 months ago

4:33 not that bad which she swum in May, but her 200 medley and fly are slow, really, really slow compared to the times she was capable of in 2017.
But she is getting older, she 32 in May and the break up with Tusup is a majot factor.
I know she trains with Le Clos and James Gibson right know in Budapest, but she is still behind from a top form with half a year, when Tokyo is in less then 5 weeks.

AnEn
Reply to  MTK
3 months ago

I think she has a good chance in the 400 IM, maybe even gold. Don’t really see her winning a medal in the 200 back. Not sure about her chances in the 200 IM and 200 fly. 200 fly seems slower, so she might have a better shot there. If i would have to bet, i would say that she wins a medal (no clue about the color) in the 400 IM, but maybe she has been tricking us all along and will be back to her best in Tokyo (although that seems unlikely given that she usually swims close to her best all season long) …

SwimShark
3 months ago

So strange to see a picture of him with hair on his head. Great swimmer nonethless.

Last edited 3 months ago by SwimShark
Not Tapered 🏊
3 months ago

Lochte would have had a chance in Hungary.

TerryO
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
3 months ago

Or in every country all over World, except Great Britian, Japan and the States. The hungarian one-two time combined from this year I think is still the 4th fastest in the World, Kós is just under 1:57 at the age 18.

AnEn
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

1) I think he might have had a shot in GB. Litchfield was only 0.3 seconds faster than him this year.
2) Are we sure that he wouldn’t have made the team in the 200 fly in the US or GB?

Last edited 3 months ago by AnEn
Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
3 months ago

Making the US team is surely the most difficult, but it should also be noted that training conditions in the US are generally better than countries like Hungary.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
3 months ago

Hungary has a long tradition of swimming and very good facilities as far as I know. I am not sure about rural areas. As far as I know Australia has the best swimming facilities per capita in the world.

In the recent pandemic it is unclear which countries have been able to keep training. I think Australia have had it best but most elites in Europe have only missed a few weeks in 2020.

I am not sure about the US but I saw many instagram videos of elite swimmers training in back yards in small pools or in inflatable pools with tethers. Some of those guys didn’t do well at trials.

Last edited 3 months ago by The unoriginal Tim
TerryO
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
3 months ago

Only Budapest has more then one facility with a top level pool, and the “bigger” cities in Hungary has some, but not all of them, only Győr has it more then a few years. Sadly Szeged or Veszprém only got one last year or YESTERDAY.
Only like the 6 major city has a proper swimming pool.

Attis76
Reply to  TerryO
3 months ago

How about the dozens of pools even in the small towns that are being built in recent years and as we speak?

tkrisz
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
3 months ago

In 1930 Hungary opened the that time largest indoor swimming pool (33m x 18m) in Europe in the heart of Budapest on the Margeret Island. During the communist era only a few pools were built, I think Hungary had no 50m swimming pools outside of Budapest and less than a half dozen in Budapest along with a couple of 25m and 33m pools in the country at the fall of the iron curtain. There was no major change for several years till recently Hungary has started a swimming pool program opening several 50m indoor pools mainly in county capitals. I still guess the total number of 50m swimming pools for less than 2 dozens. Partially thanks to this situation there… Read more »

Sam B
Reply to  tkrisz
3 months ago

Hungary had no 50m swimming pools outside of Budapest” simply not true, I swam in several of them, such as Kecskemet, Sopron, Szeged, Szombathely, Eger….

tkrisz
Reply to  Sam B
3 months ago

Sorry for my mistake. These were all outdoor pools, am I right? Are they still there? Eg., is that outdoor pool in Szeged still there beside the new indoor one?

Sam B
Reply to  tkrisz
3 months ago

they were indoor. Because of water polo, and its popularity they built a 50m indoor pool in most county seats, way back when. Some of them were outdoors only but even then put a balloon tent over it for the winter. Hungary invested heavily in sports and sport facilities during communism

Brownish
Reply to  Sam B
3 months ago

Debrecen

Sam B
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
3 months ago

 training conditions in the US are generally better than countries like Hungary”
I wouldn’t sat that. Incredible facilities, coaches, state funding for swim camps all over the World, your chances as a swimmer to bring out your potential are far better in Hungary

Attis76
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
3 months ago

“.. Countries like Hungary”. It sounds like Hungary isn’t a swimming nation with a huge history (greatest World Championship of all time in 2017, European championships in the past) and a insane amount of pools per capita of which dozens had been built in the past 10 years. Please tell me that the Danube swimming pool that received the cream of the top award of pools is not good enough condition for any country in the World.

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