2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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In a thrilling battle to the wall in yesterday’s men’s 200m IM final, China’s Wang Shun earned the gold, clocking a lifetime best, Asian continental and Chinese national record of 1:55.00. That held off runner-up Duncan Scott of Great Britain and subsequent bronze medalist Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland who landed on the podium with times of 1:55.28 and 1:56.17, respectively.
Further down the line, however, was an Olympic icon by the name of Laszlo Cseh. 35-year-old Cseh of Hungary stopped the clock in a time of 1:57.68 to finish 7th in the race, one which the 33-time European champion has said was his last.
“My last race; 200 medley 7th place” is what his Instagram post read after the competition concluded on day 6.
Tokyo represented Cseh’s 5th straight Olympic Games, with the dynamic athlete having reached at least one individual final across each one. He is a 6-time Olympic medalist and although he never reached the absolute top of the podium, the man collected 4 silvers and 2 bronze medals.
The heyday of Cseh’s career coincided with that of Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte pitting the Hungarian against the powerful combination in the IM events and Phelps in the butterfly on multiple occasions. At the 2016 Games in Rio, Cseh was among the trio of silver medalists, along with Phelps and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, who all tied for runners-up in the 100m fly behind winner Joseph Schooling of Singapore.
Reflecting on his 200m IM performance, Cseh told the Hungarian Swimming Association, “When I woke up in the morning, I was a little sensitive because this was still my last swim today. But it felt good, no negative effects, I was completely prepared for the final.
“Actually, the beginning was okay, the breaststroke wasn’t, unfortunately, I haven’t felt that way in a long time, now I tried to do it a little differently because it felt like yesterday’s version didn’t work – well, I didn’t go much further with that either.”
Reflecting on his career, Cseh said, “I had to come here to Tokyo because that was the right end to my career. If I hadn’t committed, I would now be sitting at home in front of the TV and it might have been depressing for a long time or maybe for the rest of my life.
“So I created my peace of mind, I can say it calmly and with a smile: that was it, thank you.
“Thank you to everyone, my family, my wife, my coaches, my clubmates, and my national teammates.
“Obviously I will miss you, but now I think I will step away from the sport for a while and then we will see what the future holds. ”