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László Cseh needs some hints to overcome rivals

American tips to help Laszló Cseh beat the larger rivals, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, in the swimming pool.

20 December 2011

László Cseh won three events at the European Short-Course Swimming Championships and three silver medals in Beijing in 2008.

László Cseh won three events at the European Short-Course Swimming Championships and three silver medals in Beijing in 2008.


The New York Times online edition published an extensive article of László Cseh on the first day of Swimming Championships in Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta USA. The article draws a parallel between Hungarian Champion and his father's career as a backstroke swimmer, and then gives tips - based on an example of American swimmer - of how to beat the larger rivals.


European Short Course Swimming Championships taking place in Szczecin (8-11 December 2011). Heyday

It points out that Cseh has won nine individual medals at World Championships since 2003, but only one gold medal he won due to excellence in swimming firstly by Michael Phelps ,and then more recently, Ryan Lochte. Current situation of Cseh is compared to those tennis classics who attampt to reach the top in heyday just like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Then, he is confronted with his father, older László Cseh, who was a Hungarian backstroke swimmer, and his similar battle against the German Olympic swimmer Roland Matthes, whom no one could beat between 1967 and 1974.


John Naber the good example

Later, however, an American swimmer managed to stop Matthes on Montreal Olympic Games in 1976, and the New York Times set this example for László Cseh's future success. John Naber found out that the rival is to be impersonal itself, and pay more attention to time the rival is expected to swim, and then swim a little bit faster. On the Olimpic Games, Naber set this time at 55.50 seconds for 100 m backsroke, and then he did not wasted time on the opponent, but eventually became an Olympic champion with 55.49 seconds.



László Cseh, left, with Michael Phelps, center, and Ryan Lochte at the 2008 Olympic Games.

László Cseh, left, with Michael Phelps, center, and Ryan Lochte at the 2008 Olympic Games.



Swimming through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

In the interview, Laszló Cseh says, on the way to training in the morning when he feels more sleep needed, he always take a look at the Olympic silver medal for 200 m butterfly from Beijing. He tells that he does not rule out the 2016 Olympics where he wants to swim. He finishes the interview "I feel I’m getting better as I get older".




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