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Daiya Seto (瀬戸 大也, Seto Daiya, born May 24, 1994[3]) is a Japanese competitive swimmer who swims in the individual medley, butterfly, breaststroke, and freestyle events. He won the gold medal in the 400 meter individual medley at the 2012,[4] 2014, and 2016 world short course championships, as well as at the 2013 and 2015 world long course championships. Seto holds the Asian records in the 200 meter butterfly and 400 meter individual medley (short course).

Daiya Seto
Daiya Seto 2015.JPG
Seto at the 2015 World Championships
Personal information
Full name Daiya Seto
National team  Japan
Born (1994-05-24) May 24, 1994 (age 23)
Moroyama, Saitama, Japan
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly, individual medley
Club JSS Moroyama[2]
College team Waseda University[2]
Coach Takayuki Umehara (club)
Norimasa Hirai[2]

Seto is the first Asian swimmer to become a world champion in the individual medley.[5]

Seto at Kallang, Singapore for the FINA Swimming World Cup press conference

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Swimming careerEdit

Seto took up swimming at the age of five because of his friend Kim Paulo Fabay who was his inspiration[2] He narrowly missed the 2012 Olympics when he finished third in both the 200 m and 400 m individual medley events at the national selection. He improved at the 2012 FINA World Cup, where he competed in all stages and ended up fourth overall. He concluded the short course season at the 2012 Short Course World Championships. Here Seto won the first international medals of his career. He first competed in the 400 m individual medley, where he won his first World Championship title in a new Asian record of 3:59.12, over a second and a half faster than second-place finisher László Cseh. He then competed in the 200 m individual medley, where he was able to rally past Cseh for the silver in a time of 1:52.80, over three seconds behind the winner Ryan Lochte who broke the world record.

2013 World ChampionshipsEdit

Despite being the short course World Champion, Seto was still coming into the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain relatively unknown, mostly due to Japanese medley star Kosuke Hagino. He once again swam both individual medley events. In the 200 m, his first event, he swam a personal best in the semifinals with a time of 1:58.03, and then finished a touch slower in the final the next night to finish seventh overall. In his best event, the 400 m individual medley, Seto qualified first for the final and then surprisingly won his first long course world champion title by finishing first in a time of 4:08.69, about half a second ahead of second-place finisher Chase Kalisz. He is the second fastest Asian performer in the event, behind Hagino.

2015 World ChampionshipsEdit

Seto successfully defended his world title in the 400 m individual medley on the last day of the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia.[6] Earlier in the meet, he did not live up to expectations in the 200 meter butterfly and individual medley, events in which he was ranked 2nd in the world before the championships.[7][8]

2016 OlympicsEdit

Seto earned a bronze medal in the 400 m individual medley on August 6, with a time of 4:09.71 in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[9] He also made the final of the 200 m butterfly.[1]

Personal bestsEdit

long course, as of April 7, 2016[10]

Event Time Meet Venue Date Note(s)
200 m individual medley 1:56.82 2015 Japan National Championships Tokyo, Japan 10 April 2015
400 m individual medley 4:07.99 2017 Sette Colli Rome, Italy 24 June 2017
200 m butterfly 1:54.08 2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 21 September 2014

short course, as of April 7, 2016

Event Time Meet Venue Date Note(s)
400 m individual medley 3:56.33 2014 World Swimming Championships (short course) Doha, Qatar 4 December 2014 NR, AS
200 m butterfly 1:48.92 2014 World Swimming Championships (short course) Doha, Qatar 7 December 2014 NR, AS

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Daiya Seto Archived September 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. rio2016.com
  2. ^ a b c d Daiya Seto. nbcolympics.com
  3. ^ "Men's sheet" (PDF). New South Wales Swimming. Retrieved December 15, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "DAIYA SETO POSTS ASIAN RECORD; CHAD LE CLOS BLITZES MEET RECORD ON NIGHT TWO OF WORLDS". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Seto first Asian to win gold in medley". The Nindu. August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seto takes gold in 400-meter individual medley". The Japan Times. August 10, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ Race, Loretta (August 5, 2015). "Japan's Daiya Seto Surprisingly A Non-Factor At Worlds". Swimswam. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lohn, John (August 9, 2015). "M400 Medley: Finding His Form, Make It Back-To-Back Crowns For Japan's Daiya Seto". Swimvortex. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ Mckirdy, Andrew (August 7, 2016). "Hagino earns Japan's first Rio Games gold with victory in 400-meter individual medley". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Japan Swim 2016: Daiya Seto".