László Cseh is a man with many feathers to his bow and medals and records under his belt. Still, always room for more accolades. The 32-year-old’s career vault just grew: 18 years since he opened his account at Hungarian nationals, he claimed his 150th medal today.
A record in Hungarian swim history – and possibly in the history of swim nationals around the world – the 150 includes 105 gold medals, another record.
The 150th medal for Cseh, coached by György Turi and Zoltán Nemes and, since 2015, by Zsolt Plaganyi, was gold: with Egri Úszó club mates Balazs Hollo, Nandor Nemeth and Benjamin Gratz in the 4x200m freestyle.
Cseh, whose father, of the same name with “Sr” behind it to reflect his status, also raced for Hungary in swimming at the Olympic Games, has now raced in 19 seasons and editions of national long-course championships (his count with short-course included is even bigger).
Little wonder that Cseh, on a day he claimed gold in the 50m butterfly and 4x200m free at nationals in Debrecen, was treated to a standing ovation from the crowd celebrating the most decorated swimmer in their country’s history.