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László CSEH
Sport Swimming
NOC Hungary   
GenderMen
Born03 Dec 1985 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.88 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Diana
Residence
Halasztelek, HUN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Hungarian, English
Higher education
Industrial Engineering - Budapest University of Technology and Economics : Hungary
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Budapest, Hungary.
Why this sport?
His mother wanted him to be safe around the swimming pool at his primary school.
Club / Team
Egri Uszo Klub: Eger, HUN
Name of coach
Zsolt Plaganyi [club], HUN; Csaba Sos [national], HUN
General Interest
Nicknames
Lacika, Laci (nlcafe.hu, 25 Jul 2012; hetek.hu, 19 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (fina.org, 05 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian swimmer Tamas Darnyi. (starity.hu, 2011)
Injuries
He suffered a spinal problem prior to the 2017 European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. (origo.hu, 13 Nov 2017)

He broke a bone in his foot at a training camp three weeks prior to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He had surgery and was back training a week later. (MTI, 15 Aug 2004)

He sustained a knee injury on the second day of the 2001 National Short Course Championships in Hungary. He missed two months of competition. (csehlaszlo.hu, 01 Dec 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He shaves his head before races. (funzine.hu, 08 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Swimmer of the Year at the 2015 European Swimming League [LEN] Awards. (swimswam.com, 07 Jan 2016)

In 2008 he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. (index.hu, 28 Aug 2008)

He was named 2006 Male Athlete of the Year in Hungary. (sportgeza.hu, 18 Dec 2006)
Famous relatives
His father Laszlo Cseh Sr. represented Hungary in swimming at the Olympic Games in 1968 and 1972. (starity.hu, 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swimswam.com, 09 Aug 2018)
Other information
HISTORY MAKER
At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, he became the first male swimmer to win a medal at seven editions of the world championships. He then won silver in the 200m butterfly at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, to extend his own record to eight. He also made history at the 2015 World Championships by becoming the first male swimmer to claim medals in all three distances in butterfly at a single edition of the championships. (SpoirtsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018; fina.org, 27 Jul 2017; index.hu, 26 Jul 2017; swimswam.com, 08 Aug 2015)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
He has been contemplating on his performance although he still has eyes on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. His short-term goal would be to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. "I'm 33 years old, and I'm almost twice older than my rivals. I'm glad [coach] Plaganyi can sometimes act as a psychologist to put off my bad thoughts. I'm getting closer to the farewell day, trying to look ahead. I'm sure, after retreating, I'm going to catch up as a coach or sports manager. I like swimming, with all the difficulties. And I really want to finish my study. For the time being, the basic goal will be next year's World Championships in South Korea." (infostart.hu, 03 Dec 2018; swimswam.com, 09 Aug 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 1:56.24
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 51.14
3 2012 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 1:56.22 
12 2012 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 1:55.88
5 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:33.02
8 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:13.66
9 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:13.40
2 2008 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:06.16
2 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:56.52
2 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:52.70
3 2004 Athens, GRE 400m Individual Medley 4:12.15
6 2004 Athens, GRE 100m Backstroke 54.61
4 2004 Athens, GRE 200m Individual Medley 1:58.84
7 2004 Athens, GRE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:37.46
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 1:58.17
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 51.86
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 23.94
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:53.72
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 50.92
11 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 23.51 
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:53.48
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley  DNS
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 50.87
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 23.15
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Individual Medley 1:57.70
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Backstroke 54.00
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 51.45
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:34.09
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:22.26
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:56.32
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:57.69
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 52.18
2 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Individual Medley 1:55.24
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
3 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:07.37 
3 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Individual Medley 1:56.92
4 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 400m Individual Medley 4:14.76
Semifinal 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Freestyle 1:48.89
3 2005 Montreal, CAN 100m Backstroke 54.27
1 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN 400m Individual Medley 4:09.63 
2 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN 200m Individual Medley 1:57.61 
7 2003 Barcelona, ESP 100m Backstroke 54.95
Semifinal 2003 Barcelona, ESP 200m Backstroke 1:59.45
2 2003 Barcelona, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:10.79
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly 1:51.66
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:00.50
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 1:52.89
8 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 50.93
6 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:04.93
3 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:51.67
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:55.47
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 51.29
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 1:55.91
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 51.84
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 23.48
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:55.49
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2016 London, ENG 50m Butterfly 23.31
1 2016 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 1:52.91
1 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 50.86
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 1:58.17
3 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:34.12
1 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:58.10
2 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 51.89
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 23.95
3 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:33.11
2 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 51.77
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 1:56.66
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:12.17
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:54.95
3 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:34.57
3 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:13.60
7 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:17.23
1 2010 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:10.95 
1 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 1:57.73
6 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:18.01
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 3:52.16
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:09.59
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 1:58.02
8 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
2 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:56.69
6 2006 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 54.56
1 2006 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:09.86
1 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 1:58.17
5 2006 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.08
1 2004 Madrid, ESP 100m Backstroke 55.26
5 2004 Madrid, ESP 200m Butterfly 1:58.33
1 2004 Madrid, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:12.86 CR
3 2004 Madrid, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:37.86
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 50.84
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 22.88
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Butterfly 1:52.96
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Butterfly 1:49.00
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 1:51.36
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Butterfly 23.08
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 49.33
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.62
10 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Individual Medley 1:56.98
4 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Butterfly 1:52.44
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 51.40
5 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.86
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Individual Medley 1:52.74
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 400m Individual Medley 4:00.99
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Butterfly 1:52.11
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Individual Medley 1:53.43
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Butterfly 1:50.87
3 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Freestyle 1:43.71
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 400m Individual Medley 4:01.68
7 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 1:54.31
6 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly 1:51.73
1 2009 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 3:57.27
4 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle 1:41.64
1 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 1:52.99
1 2007 Debrecen, HUN 400m Individual Medley 3:59.33
1 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:51.55
2 2006 Helsinki, FIN 200m Butterfly 1:53.08
2 2006 Helsinki, FIN 400m Individual Medley 4:03.39
1 2006 Helsinki, FIN 200m Individual Medley 1:54.43
1 2005 Trieste, ITA 200m Individual Medley 1:53.46 
1 2005 Trieste, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:00.37 
1 2005 Trieste, ITA 100m Backstroke 51.29 
1 2004 Vienna, AUT 400m Individual Medley 4:03.96 
3 2004 Vienna, AUT 100m Backstroke 52.09 
2 2004 Vienna, AUT 200m Individual Medley 1:55.36 
1 2003 Dublin, IRL 400m Individual Medley 4:04.10
3 2002 Riesa, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:08.96
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
57 2018   Overall Ranking  
5 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 51.23
4 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:53.25
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 1:55.05
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 51.37
8 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 1:56.96
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 1:54.02
6 2018 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:11.82
5 2018 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.27
9 2012   Overall  
2 2012 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:01.42
4 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Individual Medley 53.11
2 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:53.59
2 2012 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:03.71
6 2012 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 53.23
2 2012 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 1:53.85
2 2012 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.34
1 2012 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.56
2 2012 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:06.69
5 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:57.21
5 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley 53.45
4 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:55.16
2 2012 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.31
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.44
2 2012 Moscow, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:06.20
2 2012 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:54.31
2 2012 Stockholm, SWE 400m Individual Medley 4:01.01
8 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Butterfly 2:02.80
2 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Individual Medley 1:53.68