200 Fly World Record Holder Daiya Seto Hits 59.79 100 Breast PB

2019 JAPAN OPEN

While competing on night 1 of the 2019 Japan Open, reigning SCM 200 fly World Record holder Daiya Seto threw down an eye-catching performance in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

After establishing himself as the 2nd seeded swimmer already from the heats with a new personal best of 1:00.14, 25-year-old Seto fired off his first-ever sub-minute 100m breaststroke time of 59.79 to finish with the silver. Splits for Seto include a 28.18 opener, while the 400m IM Olympic bronze medalist closed in 31.61.

Along with his 200m fly World Record, Seto is an accomplished IMer as well, owning the aforementioned Olympic bronze from Rio, but also holding the 400m IM bronze from last year’s Pan Pacific Championships. He’s already fired off a big-time 1:56.69 200m IM from the Japan Swim in April, a time which renders the Japanese star as the 3rd ranked swimmer in the world right now.

Winning the 100m breast final tonight ahead of Seto was two-time Pan Pacs champion Yasuhiro Koseki. The 27-year-old bronze medalist from last year’s Short Course World Championships  finally dipped under the 59.38 QT for Gwangju after having missed the mark at the first qualifying meet. His time was 59.12 for the win.

Seto finished ahead of bronze medalist Ippei Watanabe tonight, as the reigning 200m breast World Record holder settled for 3rd in 1:00.17.

Look for Seto to battle Singapore’s Joseph Schooling and Hungary’s Kristof Milak in the 100m and 200m fly events here in Tokyo later in the meet.

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Markster

Whoah. Not even sure Kalisz could do that. His IM fight agaisnt Japan is not over.

Brownish

He is nearly two seconds slower in 100 breast. It will be close. Very close.

Superfan

In Chase’s behalf, I don’t think his 100 time has any correlation to his 100 split in the 4im. I do think that if Seto keeps improving his breast then he will give Chase a run for his money in 2/400 IMs. I was just as impressed with Seto’s 4free at his last meet. That will go a long way in his 4im vs Chase!

Dcswim

Seto goes 2:01.30 in the 200scm breast and is Japan’s record holder in the event, so I would argue he will give Chase more of a run for his money than we can expect.

After all, he already is a 2-time lcm world champ to boot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

X Glide

Oh my goodness. This man is serious about not losing in the 400 IM anymore

Chas

No question they are driven to perform well for national honor at home Olympics, and the $$$ from becoming a living icon of that. We will see how they perform under the pressure that brings, i.e. Aussies.

Togger

The Aussies swam well in 2000? The big disappointments were O’Neill’s fly and Thorpe’s 200, who lost to an all time upset and a world record respectively, and they both still won individual golds.

Chas

I agree, and because they did so, they made it a wonderful Olympics. An eight-day dual meet on the biggest stage with an all-star cast, with dramatic performances. What I was thinking of is so many of their other big meets, coping with the pressure from Aus media in the four months between trials and big meet. I hope shifting the trials closer to the meet this year will reduce the pressure of expectations and the Aussies will perform their best.

Brownish

And he’s a 200 fly/400 IM swimmer 🙂

A$AP POCKY

Oh he mad mad XD

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