2022 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Daiya Seto put a real scare into the world record in the final of the men’s 200 breaststroke during Friday’s finals session from the Short Course World Championships in Melbourne, as the Japanese star produced the second-fastest performance of all-time in 2:00.35.
Seto, 28, jumped on the early lead in the event and slowly but surely pulled away from a competitive field, winning gold by more than a second over defending champion Nic Fink (2:01.60).
Seto’s time breaks the Asian Record previously held by China’s Qin Haiyang (2:01.15), set at the 2018 Short Course World Championships, and also downs his own Japanese Record of 2:01.30, set on the 2017 FINA World Cup circuit.
|Qin, 2018 SC Worlds||Seto, 2017 World Cup||Seto, 2022 SC Worlds|
|58.29 (30.84)||58.77 (30.89)||58.44 (30.80)|
|1:29.52 (31.23)||1:30.03 (31.26)||1:29.42 (30.98)|
|2:01.15 (31.63)||2:01.30 (31.27)||2:00.35 (30.93)|
Seto now sits second all-time in the event, only trailing Russia’s Kirill Prigoda, who set the world record of 2:00.16 at the 2018 SC Worlds.
All-Time Performers, Men’s 200 Breaststroke (SCM)
- Kirill Prigoda (RUS), 2:00.16 – 2018
- Daiya Seto (JPN), 2:00.35 – 2022
- Marco Koch (GER), 2:00.44 – 2016
- Daniel Gyurta (HUN), 2:00.48 – 2014
- Qin Haiyang (CHN), 2:01.15 – 2018
Seto closed his race much better than Prigoda, who is more of a pure breaststroker compared to Seto, who has the base of training primarily for the 400 IM throughout his entire career.
|Prigoda, SC Worlds||Seto, 2022 SC Worlds|
|57.62 (30.61)||58.44 (30.80)|
|1:28.75 (31.13)||1:29.42 (30.98)|
|2:00.16 (31.41)||2:00.35 (30.93)|
This was Seto’s first World Championship medal of any color in an event that wasn’t in medley or the 200 fly, and he won gold in dominant fashion.
He surprisingly missed the podium in the men’s 200 IM at the beginning of the meet, placing fifth after coming in as the defending champion. Seto followed up with a silver in the 200 fly, and now after this performance, is looking forward to the 400 IM on Saturday, where he comes in as the five-time defending champion.