2019 TOKYO OPEN
- Thursday, November 21st – Sunday, November 24th
- Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap
- Results (in Japanese)
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.
— タカシ/競泳で優勝目指す息子の応援者 (@1matsuzakasedai) November 25, 2019