2019 World Champion Daiya Seto Misses Out on 400 IM Final on Day 1 in Tokyo


Top seed Daiya Seto was knocked out of the final of the men’s 400 IM on the first Day 1 of prelims at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He went a 4:10.59, which placed him just outside of the top 8.

  1. Brendon Smith (AUS), 4:09.27
  2. Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 4:09.49
  3. Chase Kalisz (USA), 4:09.65
  4. David Verraszto (HUN), 4:09.80
  5. Alberto Razzetti (ITA) / Jay Litherland (USA), 4:09.91
  6. Leon Marchand (FRA), 4:10.09
  7. Max Litchfield (GBR), 4:10.20

Seto was the 2019 World Champion in the 200 and 400 IM. He swam today’s race similarly to his gold-medal performance in Gwangju, holding a comfortable lead until the 300 mark, when the other swimmers raced to catch him. France’s Leon Marchand and USA’s Jay Litherland made their moves early on the in freestyle, but it was ultimately Brendon Smith of Australia who got his hand on the wall first.

Seto fell to fifth in the heat and missed the final by 0.39 seconds.

He was the only swimmer in the field to be entered in a sub-4:09. His entry time of 4:07.95 was from the 2019 Settecolli Trophy. There, he won gold in the event, blowing away the rest of the competition to post the top time in the world for 2019.

He was also ranked as the top swimmer in the world in 2020. Last January, the Japanese swimmer threw down a time of 4:06.09 at the Kosuke Kitjima Cup. No other swimmer came close to topping him time for the remainder of the year. Ilia Borodin was ranked second in the world, after having gone a 4:11.50 at the Russian National Championships.

Seto is seeded second in the 200 IM behind Michael Andrew.

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1 month ago

Australia will win gold in every event.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

People have commented 15 golds, I’m going to hold them to that.

Gogo bibi
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Tell swimswam It was ME

Gogo bibi
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

400 m free
200 m breast
100 free
4×200 free
400 IM

100 fly
100 free
50 free
200 free
400 free
4×100 free
4×200 free
4×100 medley
200 back
100 back

Games Juy
Reply to  Gogo bibi
1 month ago

No chance in the men’s 4×200, GB will win that one.

Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

Especially Women’s 400 IM

Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

yea, with no male breaststroker breaking 1:00 today…..

1 month ago

How does he recover from that ?

1 month ago

Maybe he when he said he was training high, racing low he was thinking more Tate Jackson.

1 month ago

Wasn’t Seto’s plan to train at altitude until just a couple of days ago? A very risky strategy as it can backfire and leave you feeling a bit flat if you get the timing wrong. This is the first big shock from the swimming and it didn’t take long arriving. For whatever reason, the favourite is out, and it’s wide open now.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

It could be. I can’t watch prelims but looking at the splits he died bad on the freestyle relative to what we would have expected.

I am gutted as he is one of my favourite swimmers. Can’t beleive he went 4.06.09 last year

Last edited 1 month ago by The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 month ago

He really tightened up at the end. Gutted for him.

Frank Wilson
1 month ago

Leon Marchand of France, and incoming freshman at ASU, is the youngest swimmer at 19 years of age the youngest swimmer to make the final!

Gogo bibi
Reply to  Frank Wilson
1 month ago

1.08.9 I think on the breastroke split this morning what a stud!

Boy C
1 month ago

*cries* my pick em bracket is already busted….

Jake Mitchell’s Son
Reply to  Boy C
1 month ago

Don’t worry everyone else’s is too.

1 month ago

Man sucks to see him miss the final. Is his form just not there at the moment or he misjudged the time it would take to make the final? He did look slow on the last 100 though with four swimmers overtaking him.

Reply to  Boomer
1 month ago

He played with his pacing and paid the price in the last 50

1 month ago

So I guess it’s back to screaming for Litherland to win