Watch Daiya Seto’s Lifetime Best 1:55.98 200 IM From Tokyo Open


25-year-old Daiya Seto is going anything but resting on his laurels since claiming two World Championships titles this summer in Gwangju, Korea. His 200m IM and 400m IM victories at that competition earned Seto automatic Olympic berths for the 2020 Games in his home nation, but that hasn’t stopped the man from still staying on his ‘A’ game.

Case-in-point, Seto raced his way to 2 new personal bests over the weekend at the inaugural Tokyo Open. In the 200m breaststroke, Seto pumped out a monster mark of 2:08.98 to hack more than a second off of his previous career-quickest in this off-event for the ANA swimmer.

To conclude the meet, Seto produced another lifetime best, this time in the 200m IM. Hitting the wall with a result of 1:55.98, Seto joined an exclusive club of sub-1:56 swimmers, of which the only other Japanese swimmer to be a member is national record holder Kosuke Hagino.

Comprised of splits of 24.89/54.01/1:27.26/1:55.98, Seto’s gold medal-worthy performance at the Tokyo Open overtook his previous lifetime best was represented by the 1:56.14 logged for gold at this year’s World Championships.

Check out how Seto made that 1:55.98 time happen, via the spectator-filmed video of his race below.

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11 months ago

Wow. And he might be able find a.bit more room to drop. Looks like he might have been a bit off on his back to breast turn — hard to tell, but he looked a bit too close to the wall.

Coach Mike 1952
11 months ago

He is a warrior! Nice how the videographer caught pretty much all the swimmers rather than simply zooming in in Seto the whole time.

Little man Jenkins
11 months ago

Chase is probably shaking in his boots

Ol' Longhorn
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11 months ago

Chase hasn’t shown any reason to believe he’ll be in the running for the win, especially in the 200 IM. Plus, he just got run down badly by Seli in the 400 SCM IM. Yet another bad sign for his 400 IM. I think there’s a good chance he doesn’t make the U.S. team for the 200 IM.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Lochte and Andrew?

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