Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese swimming superstar Daiya Seto made a significant decision to change-up his coach just over a year out from the postponed Olympic Games in his home nation.
As we reported last month, Seto confirmed directly to SwimSwam at the time that he had parted with Takayuki Umehara, the man who has guided him to Olympic bronze, two short course world records, and double IM gold at last year’s World Championships. Seto had been under Umehara’s tutelage since the ANA swimmer was in 5th grade.
Speculation ensued that Seto may train by himself leading up to the Games, but Asian media is now reporting that Seto has selected somewhat of a curveball in 25-year-old Ryuichiro Ura, a former teammate who also trained under Umehara.
Ura was an elite swimmer as well, having retired last year to pursue a career in finance. The man will reportedly implement and oversee the training plans devised by Seto. We have reached out to Seto for comment on his plans.
Although Ura has no official coaching experience, he and Seto have been friends for a very long time and he is expected to provide mental support for Seto as well as tactical training input.
The coaching coach harkens back to Aussie Olympic medalist James Magnussen‘s out-of-left-field choice of going with long-time friend Mitch Falvey when he parted ways with his former coach Brant Best back in 2014.