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.”