2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Saturday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 10th
- Tokyo Olympic Aquatics Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Japan’s Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- JASF Olympic Selection Policy
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Prelims Only)
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.”