Daiya Seto Breaks 200 Fly World Record In 1:48.24


Daiya Seto of Japan held off Chad Le Clos down the stretch to win gold and set a new world record in the men’s 200 fly final at the 2018 SC World Championships in Hangzhou, as Seto touched in a time of 1:48.24 to break the previous record held by Le Clos of 1:48.56.

Seto, Le Clos and China’s Li Zhuhao were all out very fast in the race, over 1.4 seconds under world record pace at the 100, but Seto separated himself on the third 50 with a split of 28.00. Le Clos made a big push coming home in 28.48, but ran out of room as Seto held on for the victory by .08. Le Clos was 1:48.32, also under his old record and giving him a new African mark.

Seto previously sat 2nd all-time in the event behind Le Clos, having been as fast as 1:48.92 at the 2014 World Championships in Doha. Le Clos’ old record of 1:48.56 was set way back in 2013 at the Singapore stop of the FINA World Cup.

Below, check out a split comparison of the new and old world records, along with Le Clos’ swim from tonight:

Le Clos, 2013 Seto, 2018 Le Clos, 2018
24.68 24.00 23.84
28.28 (52.96) 27.29 (51.29) 27.71 (51.55)
27.85 (1:20.81) 28.00 (1:19.29) 28.29 (1:19.84)
27.75 (1:48.56) 28.95 (1:48.24) 28.48 (1:48.32)
1:48.56 1:48.24 1:48.32

Le Clos paced his race much differently back then, almost a full second slower on the opening 50 before charging home with a pair of sub-28 splits on the back half. Seto’s win ends Le Clos’ reign as world champ as he had won the last two titles in Doha and Windsor.

Between the two of them they now own the eight fastest swims in history, with Le Clos owning six of those.

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Going out hard af seems to be the new trend among the best 200 flyers, both in SC and LC. 51 first 100, wow!

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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