Daiya Seto Drops Hammer On 400 IM Final; Kosuke Hagino Silver

Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

The Japanese superstar duo of Daiya Seto and Kosuke Hagino put on a show in the 400 IM final on Wednesday night in Jakarta. Both swimmers went faster than they did at Pan Pacs earlier in the month when they were racing their American rival Chase Kalisz. Kalisz’s gold medal time from Tokyo will hold up as the best time in the world, but Seto and Hagino sit right behind him in the virtual World Championship final.

Seto swam a 4:08.79 to Hagino’s 4:10.30 on Wednesday at the Asian Games. China’s Wang Shun finished in third place for the bronze at 4:12.31, also placing in the top eight for Virtual Worlds for this year. Hagino was the defending champion and will keep his Games Record of 4:07.75 from 2014.

Seto and Hagino are both favorites to take home medals in two years for the Tokyo Olympics as Hagino is the reigning Olympic Champion and Seto has been one of the most consistent performers on the world stage since winning the World title in 2013.

China’s Wang Yizhe (4:19.61), Korea’s Joo Jaegu (4:20.77), Vietnam’s Kim Nguyen (4:22.86), Taipei’s Choo Chengchi (4:23.18) and Korea’s Kim Minsuk (4:23.39) also swam in the final.

This is also Japan’s 12th gold medal in the 400 IM at the Asian Games as they have won every gold medal contested except for two when Thailand’s Ratapong Sirisanont won in 1994 and China’s Wu Peng won in 2002.

  1. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:08.79
  2. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:10.30
  3. Wang Shun, CHN, 4:12.31
  4. Wang Yizhe, CHN, 4:19.61
  5. Joo Jaegu, KOR, 4:20.77
  6. Nguyen Kim, VIE, 4:22.86
  7. Choo Chengchi, TPE, 4:23.18
  8. Kim Minsuk, KOR, 4:23.39

Virtual World Championships

  1. Chase Kalisz, USA, 4:07.95, Pan Pacs
  2. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:08.79, Asian Games
  3. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:10.30, Asian Games
  4. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:10.65, Europeans
  5. Max Litchfield, GBR, 4:11.00, Europeans
  6. Wang Shun, CHN, 4:12.31, Asian Games
  7. Jay Litherland, USA, 4:12.87, Pan Pacs
  8. Clyde Lewis, AUS, 4:13.12, Commonwealth Games