New To Hungary’s Squad, Sabo Takes Down Cseh’s 50 Fly National Mark


The men’s World Championships 50m fly final took place tonight in Gwangju, with American Caeleb Dressel taking the gold in a new Championships Record time of 22.35. Runner-up was Russia’s Oleg Kostin in 22.70, while Brazilian Nicholas Santos wrangled up bronze in 22.79.

Further down the list was Hungary’s newest federation member Sebastian Sabo, with Sabo touching the wall in a time of 22.90 to take 5th place. That checks-in as a new lifetime best for the man who previously represented Serbia.

23-year-old Sabo earned 50m fly gold at the 2017 Short Course European Championships, representing Serbia at the time. However, he has since changed his sporting citizenship to Hungary, becoming eligible to represent his new nation just as of this past June.

He was a late nominee to the World Championships roster, but is already making waves, with his 22.90 overtaking the previous Hungarian National Record of 23.06 icon Laszlo Cseh put on the record books in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships that took place in Kazan.

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1 year ago

His time from nationals – 22.99 – this year was already accepted as the national record at the time. The same way as Csaba Szilagyi’s 50 breast, for example.

Reply to  ITR
1 year ago

Is Csaba not swimming for Serbia any longer?

Reply to  NPNP
1 year ago

Csaba and Szebasztián are native Hungarians born in Serbia both having double citizenships. Both can race on Hungarian nationals, earn medals and break Hungarian records. Csaba stays to swim for Serbia on the other hand Szebasztián changed the flag he is racing for. His possible participation in Tokio is still a question.

1 year ago

The 2015 world champs were in Kazan, 2017 was in Budapest

1 year ago

Hungary is not his new nation. He is a native born on “new” Serbian soil. Look up history please.

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