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Daiya Seto (1st-year student at School of Sport Sciences) wins gold medal in the men’s 400 meter individual medley at the FINA World Championships 2013 in Barcelona

Daiya Seto (1st-year student at the School of Sport Sciences; member of JSS Moroyama; graduate of Saitama Sakae High School) of the Waseda University Swim Team won a gold medal in the men’s 400 meter individual medley at the FINA World Championships 2013 in Barcelona (the 15th FINA World Championships) on Sunday, August 4th (local time). Daiya, who had his sights aimed on the last day of the championships, beat his personal best time by a large margin and placed 1st in the world. It was a truly monumental achievement, with Daiya being the first Japanese swimmer to capture a gold medal in the men’s 400 meter individual medley at either the Olympics or world championships.

Daiya is the third Japanese swimmer to win a gold medal at the world championships. Kosuke Kitajima won two gold medals (men’s 100 meter breaststroke, men’s 200 meter breaststroke) at the 2003 Barcelona World Championships and Junya Koga won a gold medal (men’s 100 meter backstroke) at the 2009 Rome World Championships when he was a 4th-year student at the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences.

Daiya plans to compete in the 89th Intercollege Swimming Championship which will be held at Hiroshima Bigwave from September 6th to 8th. Please continue to cheer for him!

[Event Results]
(Men’s 400 meter medley)
Finals: 4:08:69 1st Place Gold Medal

Photograph by Waseda Sports Newspaper

Photograph by Waseda Sports Newspaper

Also, please click here for information on Waseda alumni (Natsumi Hoshi, Takuro Fujii) who competed in the championships.

Team Name: Swim Team
URL Waseda University Swim Teamhttp://www.waseda-swim.com/
Waseda Sports Newspaper [Special Feature on Swimming] World Championships! Interview with Daiya Seto
http://ameblo.jp/wasedasportsblog/entry-11581666274.html
Final results from the FINA World Championships 2013 in Barcelona (15th FINA World Championships)
http://waseda-sports.jp/result/26976/