25-year-old Japanese world champion Daiya Seto has announced via Instagram that his second daughter has been born. The new baby entered the world in March, but the fly and IM dynamo made the announcement just today, April 20th.
“Both mother and child are healthy and healthy,” reads Seto’s post.
“The coronavirus hasn’t stopped and the days of anxiety continue,” he notes. “But let’s all work together and endure.”
Seto married Yuka Mabuchi in 2017 after the ANA swimmer took Olympic bronze in the men’s 400m IM in Rio. The couple’s first daughter, Yuwa, was born in June 2018.
Fueled by so-called dad strength, Seto went on to break the SCM 200 butterfly and 400 IM events and snagged double gold at the 2019 World Championships in the IM events. Those podium-topping performances qualified the superstar for the 2020 Olympic Games, despite the Games’ postponement.
Seto took a while to come to terms with his upward trajectory’s detour. On April 10th we reported Seto’s sentiments of, “There was no way I could bring myself to talk about next year and honestly, I’m still struggling to pick up the pieces and regroup. Because of the coronavirus, I’m not training at all these days.
“Whether it’s next year or the year after that, I’m going to stay strong and build it back up slowly but surely in trying to win a gold medal, no matter what. It’s time for me to start again!” Seto said.
“The Olympics, to me, is the absolute dream and on par with nothing else. All the experiences, feelings I have had I owe to the Olympics.”
Of note, another Olympian and world champion, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, announced this week he is set to become a father this September.