At the Debrecen meet in Hungary, a 19-year-old who made an impact at world level as a junior and who leaves behind his teenager years in Olympic year, Peter Bernek, of KŇ‘b√°nya, clocked 1:57.10 in the 200m backstroke, the time an Olympic qualifier that lifted him to third in the world this year.
Already on the list of qualifiers for Hungary, Bernek nestled into the world rankings behind efforts of 1:54.02 from Japan's Ryosuke Irie and 1:56.39 from Benjamin Stasiulis at French trials last week, and ahead of the winner of New Zealand trials this week, Gareth Kean, on 1:57.15.
Third in the Debrecen race today was South African visitor Chad Le Clos, who had already felt the force of Hungarian capability in a 100m butterfly battle with triple Olympic silver medallist L√°szl√≥ Cseh, the winner 52.57 to 52.86.
Hungary will not select its final team for London 2012 until after nationals in June and beyond hosting the European Championships back in Debrecen in May. Many, however, are already preselected from times swum at Shanghai world titles last year and at various meets since, the list of those who have swum inside the London 2012 cut sometime in the last year as follows (surnames first):
Potted Race Reports
Men's 100m butterfly
L√°szl√≥ Cseh, triple Olympic silver medallist, kept at bay world cup winner Chad Le Clos (RSA). Out in 24.74, Cseh, KŇ‘b√°nya Sport, had a .22sec edge on Le Clos at the turn on his way to a 52.57 to 52.86 victory, bronze going to Bence Bicz√≥, Pecsi Sport,
Men's 200m backstroke
Le Clos was back in later in the session for third place in the long backstroke won by Bernek, in 1:57.10. The winner trailed G√°bor Balog until passing him down the third length and sweeping on to a dominant victory. Balog took second in 1:59.44, Le Clos third in 2:01.21, David Verraszt√≥ fourth in 2:03.27 amid multiple events that formed part of his training.
In 5th and 6th were 15-year-olds Benj√°min Gr√°tz and Norbert Szab√≥, on 2:04.90 and 2:06.56 respectively.
Women's 100m freestyle
Evelyn Verraszt√≥, of A J√∂vŇ‘ SC Veolia, clocked 55.66 for the win ahead of training partner Agnes Mutina, on 56.37, with Dara Eszter, KŇ‘b√°nya , on 56.60.
Men's 100m breaststroke
World 200m champion D√°niel Gyurta, of A J√∂vŇ‘ SC Veolia, warmed up for the summer ahead with a 1:01.22, off a 29.46 split, with Gabor Financsek, Pecsi, second in 1:02.05 and Dragos Agache, of Romania, third in 1:03.61. Back in 8th was a name to watch for, 15-year-old David Horvath, from Cseh's club, on 1:05.90 at the start of a journey into senior waters.
Women's 200m breaststroke
Ronwyn Roper (RSA) clocked 2:29.04 to keep at bay Slovenia's Tanja Smid, on 2:29.14, with medley and 'fly ace Zsuzsanna Jakabos, ANK √ösz√≥klub P√©cs, on 2:33.27 for third.
Women's 100m backstroke
Jakabos was straight back in for a 1:03.15 win in the 100m backstroke in the midst of a session that was simply a part of a training set. Just behind her was Verraszt√≥, on 1:03.23, with another Evelyn, Luk√°cs, third in 1:03.94. Both Jakabos and Verraszt√≥ also raced the 50m 'fly dash, won by Eszter in 27.48.
Men's 400m freestyle
GergŇ‘ Kis, R√ĀJA `94 √ösz√≥klub, took control of the race after 100m, with Gergely Gyurta, A J√∂vŇ‘ SC Veolia, by his side until 200m, then sped on to a 3:50.93 win over 3:52.62 for his shadow, third pl;ace going to Bence Kir√°ly, Pecsi, in 3:56.27. The top two also swam 800m heats on day 2 of the meet, Kis on 7:55.23 Gyurta on 7:56.48.