Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh Tops Off Career With Ceremonial Swim (Video)


As we reported, 35-year-old Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was set to dive in once more after having announced his post-Olympics retirement, giving us one last performance at this FINA World Cup in Budapest.

At Duna Arena, surrounded by fellow athletes, coaches and other pillars of Hungarian Swimming, Cseh swam an unofficial 100m IM, taking on a special rival with each leg.

South African Chad Le Clos was set to swim the butterfly but is out with an injury; therefore, Peter Bernek was in the water for that leg before handing the backstroke over to Sandor Wladar, president of the federation who was also the 1980 Olympic champion in the 200m back.

Miklso Kissz, Cseh’s past coach in his early years, dove in for breaststroke before the entire Hungarian national team showed up to get wet for the free. Kristof Milak and Katinka Hosszu were among the huge stars who honored Cseh in this special ceremony.

Video of the race can be seen below, courtesy of Best Swimming on YouTube.

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.

Photos of the emotional event can be seen on FINA’s website here.

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1 month ago

I’m not crying, my goggles are just leaky.

This was amazing!!!

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
1 month ago

Just wonderful

Lil Swimmy
1 month ago

crying in the club fr

1 month ago

Was it always Lochte, Phelps or Schooling who won gold ahead of his silvers?
Anyway, what’s legend. A wonderful tribute.

Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

He won 3 silver medals in beijing, all behind phelps (200/400IM and the 200 fly), bronze in London behind phelps and lochte in the 200IM and then the silver in Rio. He’s an absolute legend but if Phelps and Lochte didn’t exist he would have been on a whole other level

Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

And a bronze behind Phelps and Vendt in the 400 IM in Athens.

Just give the trophy to the condors already
1 month ago

Nothing else to say, just a huge respect for this guy 🙌

1 month ago

I think he was not just mine or Hungary’s but the worlds favorite underdog.

Let’s Go Brandon!
1 month ago

A 100 IM for the ages!
What a wonderfully moving ceremony. The man is beloved and respected by his countrymen!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Let’s Go Brandon!
1 month ago

Yes, absolutely. Very deeply moving.

Reply to  Let’s Go Brandon!
1 month ago

One of the classiest acts I’ve seen in this sport. I hope he stays involved in the sport beyond his competition days.

Fina Fide
1 month ago

Always respected and feared this guy. Great, great, great career. Congrats LC.

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