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Laszlo Cseh: It feels incredible to win gold after ten years

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R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
05.08.2015, 20:36 Sport
Laszlo Cseh, Hungary’s world 200m butterfly champion, has stopped the watch today at 1:53.48. It’s not his first medal at the FINA World Championships in Kazan; the other night he claimed the 50m butterfly bronze sharing it with Polish swimmer Konrad Czerniak. The five-time Olympic champion told the journalists what kind of emotions he has been going through upon finishing the final heat.

“I am happy that I made it into the final and nailed it. The heat was quite tough but I am quite satisfied with the results. It feels incredible to grab gold after ten years! This victory is a good start towards Rio 2016. As for my training programme, I have a new coach now; he’s been coaching me since January and we decided to use other types of practices. Ahead of the heat, we have been focusing on the technique and choosing the most appropriate tactics for the final. My coach told me to keep a cool head during a race. I was not supposed to start either too fast or too slowly. Besides I had to keep an eye on Chad Le Clos while he was racing. I might have seemed rather calm but inside I was pretty nervous. I think it is quite normal to be a bit anxious right before the start of the heat. All this results from constant self-improvement, i.e. the ability keep calm both physically and mentally. A few hours ahead of the heat I started to feel nervous. Nevertheless I managed to calm down and win,” said Hungarian swimmer Laszlo Cseh.

For Laszlo, 50 metres seemed a too short distance, but he is happy with the bronze, no matter what.

“It was great to win a medal. This added to my confidence. I realised I was swimming fast and I had sufficient strength and I could battle for the highest standing. This helped me to win. We work very hard at butterfly and freestyle swimming in Hungary. We swim very long distances and it helps to stay in good shape. As for other athletes, I don’t pay attention to my rivals, I do my best to keep focused only on my goal,” said Cseh.

In his opinion, a person who has a born talent and works hard makes an ideal athlete. The swimmer himself confessed it was hard to be constantly on the move at his age while his big family and friends wait for him at home. It is really hard for him to participate in all competitions – it’s exhausting; that’s why the best way for him is to swim at several legs of the World Cup.

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