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Historical Success in Doha: Bronze Medal in 100m Freestyle

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.02.16.

Nándor Németh won the bronze medal in the 100m freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha on Thursday.

The 24-year old athlete came from the semi-finals to the final with the fourth best time (47.97 seconds). Starting from lane 6, he turned second, then continued to lead the field, setting a crazy pace, and crossed the finish line with a time of 47.78 seconds, the first podium finish for a Hungarian pool swimmer at the Qatar event.

Németh achieved the best World Championships result in the history of Hungarian swimming in this event, after Attila Zubor finished fifth in Fukuoka in 2001.

Photo via MTI/Kovács Tamás

“I am very happy, putting aside the time result, which I am not so happy with. However, I know that there is still plenty of time to work on it, and I know that this was a great opportunity to take advantage of. (…) Obviously, the start was very strong, and in the last fifteen meters I was only thinking about finishing,” Németh told MTI.

“I decided not to look at the scoreboard. I knew that if I saw the end of the track lit up, I was on the podium. And so I did, I achieved what I came here to do and the time is only an indicator,” stressed the World Championship bronze medalist.

World record holder Pan Zhanle of China won the event with a time of 47.53 seconds.

Men’s 100 m freestyle results:

1. Pan Zhanle (China): 47.53 seconds
2. Alessandro Miressi (Italy): 47.72 seconds
3. Nándor Németh: 47.78 seconds


Nándor Németh has been a finalist in the 100 m freestyle ten times since 2018. In the last six years, no other swimmer has competed in all the finals of the seven events besides him. However, despite his efforts, despite being a contender, he never won a medal, until this Thursday evening.

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Via MTI; Featured image via MTI/Kovács Tamás

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