Daiya Seto: “I’m Aiming For Phelps’ 400 IM World Record”


Daiya Seto may have already qualified for the postponed Olympic Games by way of his 200m IM and 400m IM gold medals at the 2019 FINA World Championships. However, the 26-year-old isn’t resting on his laurels, still seeking to qualify for the home-based Olympics in the men’s 200m fly.

Today, Seto was one of six men in the semifinal who clocked a time under 1:56.30, displaying the depth the Asian nation has in the 2fly event with only two Olympic roster slots up for grabs. Seto is situated as the 2nd-seeded swimmer behind leader Tomoru Honda, with the former clocking 1:55.56 to the latter’s 1:54.93.

With one eye on the 2fly, Seto is also making it known he’s gunning for American Olympic icon Michael Phelps‘ world record in the men’s 400m IM come July. The father of two certainly has the right stuff to make a run at it, finishing with Olympic bronze in Rio and following up with bronze at the 2017 FINA World Championships and 2019 edition.

Seto owns a lifetime best of 4:06.09 in the event, a time he produced in January of 2020. Most recently the man put up a time of 4:09.02 to take the gold on night 1 here in Tokyo, further solidifying himself as the top swimmer in the world in the event at the moment.

“I’m aiming for the world record, but I want to get at least 4:04 at the Olympics,” Seto told The Japan Times after his 400m IM performance. “I’m still at a stage of building up swimming time and I haven’t recovered that pace yet.”

Seto, who was restricted from competing several months last year for an ethics code violation involving an extramarital affair, said, “A lot happened last year…..I want to produce results if the Games are held this summer, and repay everyone in the best possible way. I want to win the gold medal on teh first day to get the Japan swimming team going.”

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2 months ago

Good luck with that!

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 months ago

His lifetime best from January 2020 is within striking distance. Nevertheless it would take a gargantuan performance to beat 4:03.84.

Reply to  A C
2 months ago

A 2.25 second drop is big but it’s not ridiculous, especially at his home Olympics.

Also, nice username lol

2 months ago

I kinda want it to stay…….

Mr Piano
Reply to  Khachaturian
2 months ago

Records are meant to be broken.

Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

They aren’t meant to do anything. It’s just an expression.

Coach L
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 months ago

Except that are meant to do something, keep record of the fastest time achieved in a certainty area i.e. club, school, country, world

Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

Which is why when they last as long as this one has it’s all the more impressive

Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

MP himself has said all his records should be broken, although he’s always regarded the 4IM as his crown jewel. One of my baby sharks always talks about taking down his record too, except my shark is 10U – not 26. Good luck!

Mean Dean
2 months ago

I’m so excited for this man

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