László Cseh

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László Cseh
Personal information
Full name Cseh László
National team  Hungary
Born (1985-12-03) 3 December 1985 (age 30)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Individual medley, butterfly, backstroke
Club Egri UK (2015- )
Kőbánya SC (2005-2014)
Bp. Spartacus ( -2005)

László Cseh (born 3 December 1985) is a Hungarian competitive swimmer and five-time Olympic medalist. He is a 31-time European Champion.


Cseh has competed in swimming from an early age, and has won numerous Hungarian swimming events. Cseh is coached by György Turi and Zoltán Nemes. He holds a scholarship with the Olympic Solidarity programme.

Swimming career[edit]

At the 2003 World Championships, Cseh captured a silver medal in the 400 m individual medley, his first medal at the highest level. He also finished 7th and 13th in the 100 and 200 metres backstroke, all in national record time.

Kazan 2015

Cseh represented Hungary at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in the 400 m individual medley, 100 m backstroke, and the 200 m individual medley, despite having broken his ankle in the training camp on a stairway a couple of weeks before.[citation needed] Nevertheless, he won a bronze medal in the 400 m individual medley as well as coming in fourth in the 200 m individual medley, and sixth in the 100 m backstroke.

At the 2005 World Championships, Cseh not only improved his national records, he excelled further up in the world rankings, and entered the meet as a serious medal contender in 3 events. After Michael Phelps backed out of the 400 m individual medley, Cseh picked up his first gold medal at the world championships.

Cseh failed to back up his previous performances in the 2007 World Championships, finishing outside the medals in the 400 m individual medley; however he did set a new national record in the 200 m individual medley, along with testing out the 200 m freestyle.

Cseh represented Hungary at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in three swimming events: the 400 m individual medley, the 200 m butterfly, and the 200 m individual medley. Despite setting the European record in all of them, he won the silver medal in each and came in second behind American Michael Phelps, who won each event with a new world record. In both individual medleys, Cseh came out ahead of the bronze-medal winner Ryan Lochte.

At the 2009 World Championships, Cseh was rushed to hospital on arrival in Rome, suffering from a stomach virus. A source close to the Hungarian team stated: "He has had to have re hydration and electrolyte drinks but is quite sick." He scratched his first event, the 200 m butterfly, however he did return to competition on day 4 setting a European record in the 200 m individual medley, swimming a touch slower the next night to capture silver, final night of competition saw him take bronze in the 400 m individual medley.

At the 2010 European Championships, Cseh held off Markus Rogan for gold in the 200 m individual medley, winning the event for the third time. Also taking gold in the 400 m individual medley for the fourth time. He scratched the European Short Course Championships to focus on the World Short Course Championships where he won a bronze in the 200 m butterfly.

At the 2011 World Championships, he took bronze in the 200 m individual medley, finished 9th in the 100 m butterfly and 12th in the 200 m butterfly.

Cseh wins his second World Champs (long course) gold, 10 years after the first

At the 2012 Olympics, he competed in 6 events: the 200 m butterfly, 200 m individual medley, 400 m individual medley, and the 3 relays. Cseh narrowly failed to reach the final of the 400 meter individual medley, coming in 9th position in the semi-finals. He finished 12th in the 200m butterfly. Cseh did add to his Olympic medal count with a bronze in the 200 meter individual medley, touching the wall in a time of 1:56.22, behind Phelps (gold - 1:54.27) and Lochte (silver - 1:54.90).

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, Cseh finally won another gold, a full 10 years after his first, by winning the 200m butterfly in 1:53.48, 0.2 seconds ahead of Chad le Clos.

Career Best Times[edit]

Cseh has broken 5 short course world records and has progressively lowered numerous European records in his career.

Event Time Record
Long Course
200m Individual Medley 1:55.18 European Record Holder
400m Individual Medley 4:06.16 European Record Holder
100m Backstroke 53.40 Hungarian Record Holder
200m Backstroke 1:56.69 Hungarian Record Holder
100m Butterfly 50.87 Hungarian Record Holder
200m Butterfly 1:52.70 European Record Holder
200m Freestyle 1:45.78 Hungarian Record Holder
Event Time Record
Short Course
200m Individual Medley 1:51.36 ER Former WR Holder
400m Individual Medley 3:57.27 Former WR Holder
200m Freestyle 1:41.64 Hungarian Record Holder
200m Backstroke 1:53.42 Hungarian Record Holder
100m Butterfly 49.33 Hungarian Record Holder
200m Butterfly 1:49.00 European Record Holder


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Preceded by
George Bovell
Men's 200-metre individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

8 December 2005 – 7 April 2006
Succeeded by
Ryan Lochte
Preceded by
Thiago Pereira
Men's 200-metre individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

13 December 2007 – 11 April 2008
Succeeded by
Ryan Lochte
Preceded by
Brian Johns
Men's 400-metre individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

9 December 2005 – 16 December 2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Lochte
Preceded by
Ákos Braun
Krisztián Berki
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
Gábor Talmácsi
Preceded by
Pieter van den Hoogenband
European Swimmer of the Year
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
Mateusz Sawrymowicz
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Camelia Potec
Mare Nostrum Tour Overall Winner
Succeeded by
Leisel Jones