PHOENIX, Arizona, June 10. LAST week at the Monte Carlo stop of the Mare Nostrum circuit, Daiya Seto posted a 1:54.70 in the 200 butterfly to win the event and beat reigning Olympic and world champion Chad Le Clos by nearly two seconds.
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Many will say beating Le Clos is not a big deal at an in-season meet, and you might be right. But Seto is showing some consistency in this event, and it spells good things for the Japanese 20-year-old, who won the 400 IM world championship title last year.
Last week’s swim marked the third time Seto has posted a 200 fly in the 1:54-high range this year, and it was a lifetime best. It’s 14 hundredths of a second slower than Le Clos’ world-leading time, and Seto still has the Pan Pacific championships and Asian Games yet to come this year.
It’s interesting also to note that Seto did not swim the 200 fly at the world championships, though he ended 2013 as the ninth-fastest swimmer in the world. Now, he’s looking to close out 2014 as the number one 200 flyer in the world, and last week’s performance appears like that goal is achieveable.
Seto is not swimming the 200 fly in the second stop of Mare Nostrum in Canet this week, so we might not see another fast 200 fly from him during his European trip. So let’s enjoy the swim that we got and congratulate Daiya Seto for winning the Speedo Performance of the Week.