Laszlo Cseh To Swim Final Race At Budapest World Cup With ‘Surprise Rivals’

2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP #2 – BUDAPEST

The second stop of the 2021 FINA World Cup will take place in Budapest, Hungary from October 7-9 and will play host to what will be Hungarian swimming legend Laszlo Cseh‘s final race. Cseh, who has represented his home nation at every Olympic Games since 2004, will compete a 100 IM on Friday at the World Cup meet, giving him an opportunity to say goodbye to the sport in front of spectators.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of major international meets have been without fans in the stands, but FINA recently announced that the second stop of the World Cup Series will welcome fans back to Duna Arena.

  • Read the full press release from FINA here.

Per the release, “Cseh will swim a last 100 IM in the [Duna] Arena – in a circle of surprise rivals at the end of the Friday session.” The introduction of this additional event leaves us with an air of mystery. Cseh is not listed as a competitor in the start list for the men’s 100 IM, meaning that his heat of “surprise rivals” may be an unofficial race.

Cseh is one of the most successful and decorated swimmers in history and has won six Olympic medals, 13 long course World Championship medals, four short course World Championships medals, and more than 40 European Championships medals. Cseh shared all six of his Olympic podium finishes with American icon Michael Phelps, taking silver to Phelps’ gold in the 2008 200 butterfly, 200 IM, and 400 IM, bronze in the 2004m 400 IM, and 2012 200 IM, and shared 2016 silver with Phelps and Chad le Clos while Joseph Schooling took gold.

Cseh announced he was retiring after the Tokyo Olympic Games, where he qualified for the 200 IM final, placing seventh overall with a 1:57.68.

Regarding the presence of spectators, Hungarian Swimming Association President Sandor Wladar said: “After two years, fans can return to the stands, I think this is the most important news I can share before the start of the World Cup.” He went on to say that the association is “very happy that this event is back, and we will see heroes from Tokyo, as well as numerous Hungarian talents in the races.”

The meet will get underway on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in Budapest, or 4 a.m. Eastern, while finals will begin at 6 p.m. local time/12 p.m. Eastern.

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Swimmingrules!!!
1 month ago

One of the greats in our sport!!! wish him the best of luck after swimming!!!

applesandoranges
1 month ago

Always wished he had won a gold.

Samboys
Reply to  applesandoranges
1 month ago

Where does he rank among swimmers not to win Olympic gold?

swimswamsers
Reply to  Samboys
1 month ago

Pretty close to the top

Tyson
Reply to  Samboys
1 month ago

Has to be one of the greatest swimmers to never win an Olympic gold I’m happy that he was able to down gold on two occasions at LWC- 2005 400 im and 2015 200 fly

Admin
Reply to  Tyson
1 month ago

Here’s a list we put together a few years back: https://swimswam.com/top-10-mens-swimmers-who-never-won-an-olympic-gold-medal/

Swim nerd
Reply to  Samboys
1 month ago

#1 by a landslide, I can’t think of another swimmer who was so good but could never win

Last edited 1 month ago by Swim nerd
Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Swim nerd
1 month ago

And remember the only reason was a certain GOAT

frug
Reply to  Samboys
1 month ago

Don’t quote me on this, but I believe he holds the record for most Olympic medals without ever winning a gold regardless of sport.

Last edited 1 month ago by frug
Landen
Reply to  Samboys
1 month ago

Top 1? I can’t think of anyone more decorated in his situation

Beets311
Reply to  Landen
1 month ago

100% agree. To put it in prospective if Michael Phelps never swam, Laszlo would be consider one of the greatest Olympic swimmers ever.

Ragnar
Reply to  Beets311
1 month ago

Cseh, Phelps, and Lochte pushed each other, take away one and you never know

GrameziPT
Reply to  Samboys
1 month ago

Above Van Almisck

swimfast
1 month ago

this is awesome and i want to watch it.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  swimfast
1 month ago

My sentiments exactly!

Swimgeek
1 month ago

Oh, could it be a surprise race for MP?

Swim nerd
Reply to  Swimgeek
1 month ago

Hopefully

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  Swimgeek
1 month ago

I doubt that Phelps will travel that far for a 100IM. If he were to be doing it I don’t think it would be a “mystery” and the meet organizers would be promoting the heck out of it. I hope I am wrong!

Xman
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

He’s not traveling for a 100IM you dope, it’s for what’s basically a going away party, and a victory lap of sorts.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

The race is supposed to be Cseh’s moment, to promote the race because Phelps is in it would be disrespectful and counterintuitive

NKS
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Some weeks ago the hungarian swimming federation anounced that they want to invite Phelps for Cseh’s “retirememt party”. Later they said that event will be during the Fina World Cup in Budapest. So I think this is an opportunity that maybe Phels will be there. Furthermore, If someone is vaccinated there is no mandatory quarantine in Hungary. So this would not be an issue.
Cseh is very popular in Hungary, in Europe. (Maybe for most of the hungarians know Cseh, instead of Phelps.) So in Hungary it’s better to promote a race with Cseh. And in international media I think they can write an arcticle after the event.
And don’t forge it is about Cseh. A special event.… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by NKS
Jack
Reply to  Swimgeek
1 month ago

I’m thinking Katinka maybe.

CraigH
1 month ago

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, who else?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

LeClos? Was originally a 4 IMer (4:12 at London) and obviously the flies, including he three-way silver?

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

Thiago Pereira?

The four of them competed in 4 straight Olympic finals 2004 – 2016.

Maybe bring MA as a rabbit for them to chase on the freestyle too.

Ragnar

MA as a rabbit for Phelps would’ve been incredible

Swim nerd
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

Idk, maybe Chad Le clos due to the shared Olympic silver but I really don’t know

Willswim
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

If it’s an exhibition, and we’re thinking outside the box, then maybe Hosszu?

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

Hosszu/Milak/Csech in one race

Add Kristina Egerszegi while you’re at it too

Last edited 1 month ago by Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800

funny how all of them are either flyers or IMers too

Ferb
Reply to  CraigH
1 month ago

Grevers?

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
1 month ago

Legend

sad that he never won gold at the olympics, was always overshadowed

Drewbrewsbeer
1 month ago

My head is spinning here…

Sportinindc
1 month ago

This is very cool!