BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 27. A few weeks backs, Laszlo Cseh used the Mare Nostrum Series to produce a handful of sizzling marks in the individual medley events, including a European record in the 400 distance. Over the weekend, Cseh decided to branch out a bit and absolutely dominated the Hungarian National Championships, held in Budapest.
Showing stellar versatility, Cseh posted victories in three different disciplines – I.M., backstroke, butterfly – and totaled eight triumphs for the four-day competition. When the World Championships are held in Montreal next month, Cseh will be the favorite in the 400 I.M. He’ll also be a major medal contender in the 200 I.M. and 200 backstroke, provided he tackles the distance dorsal.
Cseh’s finest performance of the weekend arrived in the 200 backstroke, where he was clocked in 1:58.54. That triumph handed the multi-event standout a sweep of the back events, as he had already won the 50 (25.68) and the 100 (55.96). Cseh also swept the butterfly races, winning the 200 distance in 1:59.13. He clocked 54.00 for the 100 and the 50 featured an effort of 24.36.
Best known for his prowess in the individual medley events, Cseh cruised to a 4:17.83 swim in the 400. He received a solid challenge from Tamas Kerekjarto in the 200 I.M., as Cseh’s first-place time of 2:01.31 was followed by Kerekjarto’s 2:01.61. Kerekjarto was also second in the 400 I.M. and claimed first place in the 200 freestyle (1:51.57). Richard Bodor took top honors in the 50 breast (28.60) and 100 breast (1:01.50).
For the women, Bea Boulsevicz had the best weekend, thanks to a sweep of the butterfly events. Boulsevicz blazed a 2:09.00 in the 200, ahead of the 2:10.37 of Krisztina Lipcsei. Boulsevicz also won the 50 (27.97) and 100 (59.89). In the individual medley races, Zsuzsanna Jakabos had blazing swims of 4:40.83 in the 400 and added a 200 decision in 2:15.84.