Laszlo Cseh Going for 2020 Olympic Team (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record (WR): 49.82, Michael Phelps, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 50.62, Kristof Milak, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 49.95, Milorad Cavic, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 50.62, Kristof Milak, 2017
  • Championship Record (CR): 50.86, Laszlo Cseh, 2016
  1. Piero Codia, ITA, 50.64
  2. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 51.24
  3. James Guy, GBR, 51.42

Italian Piero Codia went out for it in the men’s 100 fly, providing some outside smoke on the opening 50 out of lane 8 with a split of 23.42. The fire didn’t go out coming home, as he had the fastest back-half in the field as well (27.22) to win gold in a time of 50.64. That crushes his Italian Record of 51.09, and also gets under Laszlo Cseh‘s 50.86 meet record from 2016. He now sits 2nd in the world for 2018 behind only American Caeleb Dressel (50.50).

It was a great race for the outside lanes, as Mehdy Metella and James Guy took silver and bronze out of lanes 1 and 2 in 51.24 and 51.42. 200m winner Kristof Milak just missed a medal in 4th (51.51), while Cseh, who was the top seed out of the semis, ended up 8th in 51.84.

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5 years ago

I would absolutely love to see him finally on top of the 200 IM in 2020. He may be known now as a butterflyer, but I will always remember him for always giving Phelps a run for his money in their early years.

tea rex
5 years ago

I am about the same age as Laszlo. I can’t fathom racing 200m butterfly at any level. He’s doing it solidly in the most competitive country in the world (yes, Hungary is the toughest 200 fly competition in the world).

Reply to  tea rex
5 years ago

Definitely – 2008 Olympic silver medallist (6x Olympic medallist) vs 2016 Olympic bronze medallist vs WJ record holder, all of whom have PBs of 1:53.6 or under – faster than any current US swimmer by a significant margin (and any US swimmer ever besides Phelps I think?).

5 years ago

Cseh has had such an amazing career – individual medals at FOUR straight Olympics. He has to be the only active swimmer with that distinction, and one of the few throughout history.

Reply to  MTK
5 years ago

Lochte comes to mind as the other one.

Cshe has to swim the 200 im again to safely qualify for Tokyo 2020. But I think he should swim the 100 fly (for sure) maybe try the 200 fly (but its 4 top hungarians) and swim the 100 free because hungary can fight for The boneco medal

Reply to  GrameziPt
5 years ago

I’m talking individual event medals – which Lochte did in 04, 08 and 12, but not 16.

5 years ago

I think he has a better chance in the 100 fly then the 200 even though that’s been his best event over recent years

Reply to  Dylab
5 years ago

If recent years have shown us anything, it’s that elite level older swimmers have an easier time staying elite over shorter distances.

5 years ago

This will be a big challenge with the you g flyers coming up. That may also help if he decides to start throwing down 100/200 frees with them for the relay

5 years ago


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