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Biczó, 17, Latest Cseh Challenger

Jul 9, 2010  - Craig Lord

Everywhere Laszlo Cseh looks he sees a worthy challenger at national championships in Eger. Today it was the 200m 'fly for the Olympic silver medallist, who last year was pipped in domestic waters by in that event by Gergo Kis.

Kis opted for the challenge of the 1,500m free this year, bypassed the 200m 'fly and left the battle to Cseh and European Youth Olympic champ Bence Biczó, just 17 and already on 1:57.94, inside his shiny suits best of 2009. That's youth for you. 

Young Biczó's effort was not quite good enough to get to Cseh, some 5sec down on best but good enough for victory, in 1:57.60. 

Kis, feller of Cseh in the 400m medley on day 1, raced to a 15:25.21 win over 30 laps, chased by brother of bresatstroke ace Daniel, Gergely Gyurta, on 15:29.36 for silver. Kis will not race the long free at his home European titles next month, preferring to focus on 400 and 800m free and the 400 medley.

Among women, Evelyn Verrasztó claimed the 400m free in 4:12.28, matching her 2007 best time, and then came close to another gold but had to settle for silver in the 50m backstroke, the crown going to Eszter Dara in 29.42, to 29.69.

The men's 50m breaststroke went to Richárd Bodor in 28.36. The nationals continue at the weekend.

Many thanks to Zoltán Orlay, of uszovilag, Hungary's premier swim website, for contributing to this report.

Wider results from Eger can be found in the SwimNews World Rankings updated daily by Nick Thierry.