Passages: Two-Time Olympian Laszlo Cseh Sr. Dies at 68

Laszlo Cseh Sr.

Passages: Two-Time Olympian Laszlo Cseh Sr. Dies at 68

Laszlo Cseh Sr., a two-time Olympian while representing Hungary, died on August 24 at the age of 68. The death of Cseh Sr. was announced by his son, six-time Olympic medalist Laszlo Cseh Jr. Taking to Facebook, the younger Cseh said of his father: “The loss of a Father is an irreplaceable space for every child. It is for me too.”

The elder Cseh contested the 100-meter backstroke at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and the 1972 Games in Munich, where he was also a member of Hungary’s 400 medley relay. A European youth champion, he also competed internationally at the European Championships and finished fifth in the 100 backstroke at the inaugural World Championships in 1973 in Belgrade.

During his career, the elder Cseh also raced at an elite level in the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke, his multi-event talent obviously carrying forth to his namesake son, who has shined in numerous disciplines on the global stage. The younger Cseh, a world champion and three-time silver medalist to Michael Phelps at the 2008 Olympics, took his father’s international skill set to another level by medaling individually at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He is targeting a return to the Games next summer in Tokyo.


  1. Pat Kennedy

    Prayers for the Cseh family, friends and loved ones.

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    Alejandro Matías Lecot

    Un sentido abrazo a la Familia y a Laszlo Cseh.