2020 FINA CHAMPIONS SWIM SERIES – BEIJING
- January 18th-19th
- Beijing, China
- 5om (LCM)
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Daiya Seto has certainly made his mark on day 1 of the FINA Champions Swim Series in Beijing, China, setting a new Asian Record in the 200m Butterfly. Also on the schedule for him today was the 200 IM where he delivered another stellar swim.
The 200m Butterfly was first up for Seto where he swam a 1:52.53 to break the old record of 1:52.97 that was set in 2008 by Takeshi Matsuda. The time also ranks Seto as the 3rd-fastest performer in the history of the event.
Seto set an early lead, touching over 2 seconds ahead of his competition at the 100 metre mark (53.36). His previous best time was 1:53.86 which he clocked at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea last July. This time won him a silver medal behind 19-year-old Kristof Milak who smashed Michael Phelp’s World Record in a time of 1:50.73.
|Takeshi Matsuda||Daiya Seto|
|Old Record||New Record|
|100m||28.83 (54.41)||28.64 (53.36)|
|150m||29.17 (1:23.58)||28.98 (1:22.34)|
|200m||29.39 (1:52.97)||30.19 (1:52.53)|
All-Time Top 5 Performers, Men’s 200 Fly:
- Kristof Milak, Hungary, 1:50.73 – 2019
- Michael Phelps, USA, 1:51.51 – 2009
- Daiya Seto, Japan, 1:52.53 – 2020
- Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 1:52.70 – 2008
- Chad le Clos, South Africa, 1:52.96 – 2012
Just under an hour after setting this new mark, Seto delivered another remarkable swim in the 200 IM, posting a time of 1:55.55. He took 0.6 off his previous best time of 1:56.14 which he again set in Gwangju last year.
Seto is now tied as the 7th-best performer in the 200 IM. Kosuke Hagino’s 1:55.07 from 2016 is the Asian and Japanese Records, while Ryan Lochte’s 2011 time of 1:54.00 is the World Record.
Seto has had a fantastic start to this Olympic season, setting a new SCM World Record in the 400IM at the ISL Final in Las Vegas not even a month ago. His stand-out swims from today’s competition place him in a great position not only for tomorrow, but for the rest of the season as well.