Daiya Seto Takes Down Chad Le Clos and his World Record in the 200 Fly at Short Course World Championships


Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Men’s 200 Fly

Japan’s Daiya Seto was well out in front of world record pace and was dueling with South Africa’s Chad Le Clos in the final of the 200 butterfly at the 2018 FINA World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, China. Le Clos held the world record and also took it out hard in the final tonight in Hangzhou.

Seto held on over the final 25 as Le Clos, as well as his own world record, were charging hard on the Japanese man. Seto hung on in the end for a new world record of 1:48.24 to take down Le Clos’s 1:48.56 from the 2013 FINA World Cup in Singapore. Le Clos also got under his world record, but will settle for the African Record at 1:48.32.

Seto and Le Clos are now first and second all-time with their swims tonight. Le Clos and Seto were already first and second all-time before this with Seto sitting in second.

This is Seto’s first world record in his career as the 24-year-old picked up his 11th World Short Course Championships medal. Seto won the silver medal at the 2014 Worlds and the bronze in 2016 in this event.

China had more to cheer about as the country picked up its first medal of the championships with Li Zhuhao winning the bronze medal at 1:50.39.

American Zach Harting finished in fifth in the final at 1:51.57 as he is now the second fastest American all-time in the 200 fly behind Tom Shields. Harting finished behind Russia’s Aleksandr Kharlanov (1:50.67), who finished in fourth place.

Brazil’s Luiz Melo (1:51.99), Australia’s Nic Brown (1:52.10) and Bulgaria’s Antani Ivanov (1:52.40) also swam in the final.

All-Time Rankings:

  1. Daiya Seto, JPN, 1:48.24 (2018)
  2. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 1:48.32 (2018)
  3. Laszlo Cseh, HUN, 1:49.00 (2015)
  4. Tom Shields, USA, 1:49.05 (2015)
  5. Kaio Marcio, BRA, 1:49.11 (2009)
  6. Nikolay Skvortsov, RUS, 1:49.46 (2009)
  7. Takeshi Matsuda, JPN, 1:49.50 (2011)
  8. Pawel Korzeniowski, POL, 1:50.13 (2009)

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