Daiya Seto Casually Posts 54.6 SCM 100 IM In 3-Lane Pool

2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time gold medalist from the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships, Daiya Seto of Japan, posted a video of an official, yet speedy race today, August 3rd.

Taking on teammate Naito Ehara in a 3-lane practice pool, Seto fired off a short course meters (25m) 100 IM time of 54.61 from a push. Ehara came in about a second and a half later in 56.10.

It’s difficult to get a read on the wall touches, but I clocked Seto’s splits in the ranges of 12.3/13.4/15.6/13.6-ish.

The friendly dual took place in the spirit of Seto’s Smile Cup initiative, which is an online swimming competition meant to inspire and motivate junior swimmers whose regular championship meets were canceled amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The 100m IM is the event to be contested by these swimmers, which time trial dates spanning 4 separate sessions. Swimmers are competing against those in the age groups of 8&U, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.

Kosuke Hagino owns the Japanese national record and Asian continental record in the short course meters 100 IM with the 51.30 he produced at the 2014 Short Course World Championships for 4th place.

Seto’s lifetime best in this fast and furious IM rests at the 51.40 he produced at the 2018 FINA World Cup stop in Eindhoven.

The 26-year-old has only been back in the water less than 8 weeks, having been welcomed back to his training base in Tokyo in early June.


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1 year ago

makes me so happy to see a 54 anything…. 100IM is even better.

was the a front flip in the BK-BR?

Craig Jones
Reply to  John
1 year ago

I think front flip

1 year ago

This guy has been and still is in the best shape out of any swimmer in the world. So explosive yet effortless at the same time.

1 year ago

Sure would be fun to have 1im as an official SC event.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Have 100 IM at Olympics as the only SCM event swam across the pool on the last day of the meet with 25 lanes at once HDW.

1 year ago


1 year ago

One of the swimmers I’m most rooting for the Olympics.

1 year ago

From a push!!! Training suit!!

1 year ago

It’s incredible to watch him virtually sprint the 400 IM SCM

The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

Beast. I hope his form continues until Tokyo 21 as he looked an overwhelming favourite for double IM gold this year.

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