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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