Daiya Seto Sets New Asian Record in 200 Butterfly


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.

Comparative Splits:

Takeshi Matsuda Daiya Seto
Old Record New Record
50m 25.58 24.72
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:

  1. Kristof Milak, Hungary, 1:50.73 – 2019
  2. Michael Phelps, USA, 1:51.51 – 2009
  3. Daiya Seto, Japan, 1:52.53 – 2020
  4. Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 1:52.70 – 2008
  5. 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.

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1 year ago

Not what I was expecting I wonder how much rest he had

Loretta Race
Reply to  Virtus
1 year ago

Per his quotes post-race, he was not rested, which is pretty darn scary.

Reply to  Loretta Race
1 year ago

I’m scared now

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Loretta Race
1 year ago

No swimmer is ever rested.

Reply to  Loretta Race
1 year ago

The guy is getting so good , constantly improving & being Japanese Flag bearer in swimming for Tokyo

Some Dude
1 year ago

Me wants a video

The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

1.52 Fly and 1.55 IM less than an hour apart? That is phenomenal.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

Looks like he’s going to do some special times at the Olympics.

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1 year ago


Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

a la Lochte back in 2011( 200 free , 200 IM , 200 Back for Lochte )