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Daiya Seto claims men’s 400m individual medley gold

August 4, 2013
Japan's Daiya Seto celebrates after winning the final of the men's 400-metre individual medley swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. (AFP/FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT)

Japan’s Daiya Seto celebrates after winning the final of the men’s 400-metre individual medley swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. (AFP/FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT)

Japan’s Daiya Seto claimed gold in the men’s 400m individual medley at the swimming world championships on Sunday with American Chase Kalisz in second and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira in third.

The 19-year-old powered home in the last 50 metres to clock a time of 4min 08.69 sec with Kalisz at 0.53 and Pereira at 0.79 knocking Seto’s much-fancied teammate Kosuke Hagino off the podium.

And Seto acknowledged that with most of the attention focused on Hagino, he was able to come into the race with much less pressure.

“I knew everyone was expecting Hagino to win but swimming next to him I was comfortable because I have done that in Japan and I knew I could win,” he said.

This event has been dominated in recent years by the American duo of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps and Seto is hoping that he and Hagino can build on their success come the Rio Olympics in three years’ time.

“Over these years Lochte and Phelps have conquered this event so I am really happy to win and I want to keep winning at this level.

“To be honest Hagino was in really good shape so I was thinking he would win, but I am delighted to have done it.

“In three years I would like to win again for Japan and compete with Kosuke.”

Nineteen-year-old Kalisz could well stand in the Japanese duo’s way though as he announced his arrival on the international scene with silver.

And the American, who trains with Phelps’ former coach Bob Bowman, claimed he would one day like to emulate the type of mammoth Olympic schedule that the most decorated Olympian off all time undertook at the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics.

“The individual medley is my best event by far but being under Bob means he trains us for everything.

“One day I would like to get to the type of schedule that Michael had in Athens, Beijing and London, but with more breaststroke events rather than butterfly.”

Pereira by comparison was the old man in the race at 27, but he insists that he feels ready for the challenge on home soil in Rio in 2016.

“I just decided to swim the 400m medley two days ago,” he said.

“I felt really good in the last 100m which is unusual because I normally go too fast in the first 300m and then I’m dying in the last 100m.

“I know the other guys are much younger than me but I still feel like a baby. For Rio I will try to get there in my best shape and try to get the gold medal.”

Men’s 50m backstroke:
1. Camille Lacourt (FRA) 24.42
2. Jeremy Stravius (FRA) 24.54
2. Matt Grevers (USA) 24.54
4. Aschwin Wildeboer Faber (ESP) 24.58
5. Sun Xiaolei (CHN) 24.76
6. Daniel Orzechowski (BRA) 24.87
7. Guy Marcos Barnea (ISR) 25.14
8. Jonatan Josef Kopelev (ISR) 25.19

Men’s 400m individual relay:
1. Daiya Seto (JPN) 4:08.69
2. Chase Kalisz (USA) 4:09.22
3. Thiago Pereira (BRA) 4:09.48
4. Tyler Clary (USA) 4:10.39
5. Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 4:10.77
6. David Verraszto (HUN) 4:13.68
7. Daniel Wallace (GBR) 4:13.72
8. Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 4:17.46

Men’s 1,500m freestyle:
1. Sun Yang (CHN) 14:41.15
2. Ryan Cochrane (CAN) 14:42.48
3. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 14:45.37
4. Connor Jaeger (USA) 14:47.96
5. Michael McBroom (USA) 14:53.95
6. Jordan Harrison (AUS) 15:00.44
7. Pal Joensen (FRO) 15:03.10
8. Daniel Fogg (GBR) 15:05.92

Men’s 4x100m medley relay:
1. France 3:31.51 (C. Lacourt, G. Perez-Dortona, J. Stravius, F. Gilot)
2. Australia 3:31.64 (A. Delaney, C. Sprenger, T. D’Orsogna, J. Magnussen)
3. Japan 3:32.26 (R. Irie, K. Kitajima, T. Fujii, S. Shioura)
4. Russia 3:32.74
5. Germany 3:33.97
6. Italy 3:34.06
7. Hungary 3:34.09
(USA – disqualified)

Women’s 50m breaststroke:
1. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 29.52
2. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29.59
3. Jessica Hardy (USA) 29.80
4. Breeja Larson (USA) 29.95
5. Jennie Johansson (SWE) 30.23
6. Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN) 30.72
7. Moniek Nijhuis (NED) 31.31
(Petra Chocova (CZE) – disqualified)

Women’s 50m freestyle:
1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 24.05
2. Cate Campbell (AUS) 24.14
3. Francesca Halsall (GBR) 24.30
4. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 24.45
5. Bronte Campbell (AUS) 24.66
5. Jeanette Ottesen Gray (DEN) 24.66
7. Simone Manuel (USA) 24.80
8. Dorothea Brandt (GER) 24.81

Women’s 400m individual medley:
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:30.41
2. Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) 4:31.21
3. Elizabeth Beisel (USA) 4:31.69
4. Madeline Dirado (USA) 4:32.70
5. Hannah Miley (GBR) 4:34.16
6. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 4:34.50
7. Ye Shiwen (CHN) 4:38.51
8. Miyu Otsuka (JPN) 4:39.21

Women’s 4x100m medley relay:
1. USA 3:53.23 (M. Franklin, J. Hardy, D. Vollmer, M. Romano)
2. Australia 3:55.22 (E. Seebohm, S. Foster, A. Coutts, C. Campbell)
3. Russia 3:56.47 (D. Ustinova, Y. Efimova, S. Chimrova, V. Popova)
4. China 3:57.30
5. Japan 3:58.06
6. Great Britain 3:58.67
7. Canada 4:00.19
8. Germany 4:01.81


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