Hungarian Olympian Péter Bernek, of London Roar, Undergoes Surgery

Hungary’s Péter Bernek, who represents the London Roar in the International Swimming League but is absent from the finale roster, announced Friday he underwent surgery and is in the hospital.

Bernek wrote that he underwent a “mucotomy.”

“I’m going through a difficult time, I hope I can start training soon and find myself back,” he wrote, translated from Hungarian.

Bernek, 27, competed last weekend at the 2019 Hungarian Short Course Championships, as well as the week prior at the 2019 European Short Course Championships. He also swam at the European Derby earlier in the ISL season. There, he finished sixth in the 200 back (1:53.95) and seventh in the 400 free (3:45.53).

Bernek made his Olympic debut in 2012 and was part of Hungary’s eighth-place 4×200 free relay. More recently on the world stage, he finished eighth in the 200 back at the 2017 FINA World Championships.

The London Roar sits in third place by just 3.5 points heading into day two in Las Vegas and had two entrants in the 200 back Friday. Christian Diener placed fifth in 1:53.62, and Finlay Knox placed eighth in 2:02.07 (he was the only swimmer to not break two minutes)

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1 year ago

What a tough crareer he has.. Always sick, always injured when it matters. Wish him all the best for 2020!

I think it is also worth mentioning that he is the 400 free SC world champ from 2014 with 3:34.

Reply to  ytho
1 year ago

Isn’t that very close to the world record ?

Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

It is 2 secs away from it

Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

It was one of the greatest swim I saw. Unbelievable from Doha.

1 year ago

He was also SC European champion in 400 free (2015), SC European champion in 400 IM, and silver medalist in 400 free (2016). Besides bronz medalist in 400 free at the LC European Championhips in 2016, and finished sixth in the 200 back, not eight at the 2017 World Champs.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

At least he’ll be able to breathe through his nose now.

1 year ago

What is a “mucotomy”? It doesn’t exist either in the dictionary or the medical dictionary.

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Reply to  MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel
1 year ago

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