Cseh Says Record-Breaking Swims In Israel Are A “Message For Everyone”

If you watched the 2015 European Short Course Championships, you may have noticed a certain 30-year-old bald-headed Hungarian blasting his way through the pool, setting records left and right.  That man would be World Champion Laszlo Cseh, who’s coming off of one of his most successful international meets, again, at 30 years old.

Cseh kicked off the meet with a gold in the men’s 100 butterfly, setting a new Hungarian National Record in the process.  His time of 49.33 was split as 23.33/26.00, showing the man still knows how to pace a race masterfully. His time of 49.33 places him 7th on the list of All Time Top Performers on USA Swimming’s SCM Rankings.

The next victim Cseh knocked off his list was the men’s 200m IM race, an event in which he won the gold in Israel by almost two full seconds.  In a clocking of 1:51.36, Cseh set new European, Championship and Hungarian records in the event, proving again that age is just a number.

Finally, Cseh dominated the men’s 200m butterfly, registering a time of 1:49.00 to destroy the field en route to gold.   That time also scored Cseh a new European, Championship and Hungarian record in the event as well. Of note the old European Record of 1:49.46 was done by Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov in the 2009 supersuit era, so another one of those rubber suit records has bitten the dust, courtesy of Cseh.

In his post-championships interview, Cseh said he was slightly disappointed with his 200 butterfly, saying “I wanted to set the World Record, but maybe next time. I was so close, but I’m happy for the European Record.”

When asked if his swims were sending a message to American and South African, namely to his chief rivals of Michael Phelps and Chad Le Clos, Cseh answered, “Well, short course and long course are different. I showed I’m still in the race and I still want to be the fastest guy in the Olympics.” He continued that his performances were “a message for everyone, especially a message to myself [in terms] of good inspiration for training.”

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Valtteri Halonen
5 years ago

His time, especially in the 200 was impressive, BUT I’m 99% sure this guy will not win a gold medal on the Olympics. Hopefully I am wrong but seems to be that Laszlo is that guy who always has to settle for silver or bronze at the big dance. Prove me wrong Hungarian Legend!

Victor P
5 years ago

I’m rooting for him to get Olympic gold in Rio. It’s long past due.

5 years ago

Ehh seems more like the reporter’s words than Cseh’s.

In any case, if anyone is counting Cseh out, they are making a huge mistake. Dude’s a beast and insanely consistent.

Steve-O Nolan
Reply to  swammer91
5 years ago

Right? Literally mentioned the difference b/w short & long course and just said he was still gonna be in the running for the top of the podium. Seems pretty innocuous.

5 years ago

Off topic, wasn’t sure where to post this but any idea when the psych sheets for juniors will come out?

5 years ago


5 years ago

C’mon Cseh Laci, you can do it!

Lane Four
5 years ago

He has class. No ifs and or buts about it. Pure class.

Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

If Phelps didn’t exist, Cseh would be considered the best swimmer ever. His 2 golds at Worlds are when Phelps skipped the 400IM one year and the 200Fry this year when Phelps didn’t attend but swam faster the next day.

Cseh seems like a nice guy.

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

Don’t know about that. Lochte would have several more Gold added to his medal count if Phelps wasn’t in the mix.

Reply to  Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

I like how you praise Cseh, because he would surely be a much more decorated with Olympic/World C. golds/medals, had the Alien decided to play basketball in his early years instead.
However I beg to differ regarding Phelps “skipping” the 200 fly. He wasn’t even in the US swimming Team at least he wasn’t with them in Kazany. How could have he “skipped” 200 fly? And the next day he was faster. So what? Does it mean that he is the WC of 200 fly in 2015, because he was faster next day 5000 miles away? No.
The history of sport book would look a lot different if we considered such ridiculous things. And we don’t count those… Read more »

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