2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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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.
- Brendon Smith (AUS), 4:09.27
- Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 4:09.49
- Chase Kalisz (USA), 4:09.65
- David Verraszto (HUN), 4:09.80
- Alberto Razzetti (ITA) / Jay Litherland (USA), 4:09.91
- Leon Marchand (FRA), 4:10.09
- 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.