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Alumni Daiya Seto Informally Selected to Represent Japan at Tokyo 2020!

(Updated on April 12, 2021)

Waseda Alumni Daiya Seto (TEAM DAIYA, graduated from the School of Sports Science in 2017) participated in the 200-meter butterfly event at the Japan Swimming Championships held on April 6, 2021. The event also served as the preliminary round for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Seto’s time of 1 minute, 55.2 seconds surpassed the qualifying mark, resulting in him being selected to represent Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the butterfly swimming event. This marks the third event Seto will compete in at the Olympics.


Men’s 200M butterfly stroke final, second place: Daiya Seto at Tokyo Aquatics Center (Kyodo News)



Daiya Seto:

Born in Saitama in 1994. Graduated from the School of Sports Science at Waseda University in 2017. Began participating in national swimming competitions from elementary school. He won a men’s 400-meter individual medley at an inter-high school event for three consecutive years in high school. In 2013, while still a student at Waseda, he was selected to represent Japan at the FINA World Aquatics Championships. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, he won a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley. Following his results at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, he became the first Japanese representative for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


(Updated July 2019 below)

On July 28, Waseda Alumni Daiya Seto (2017 School of Sports Graduate, ANA) won the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley event at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, and was informally selected to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.

Men’s 400M individual medley final: champion Daiya Seto, breaststroke: Gwangju, Korea (Kyodo News)


Seto also won a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley on July 25. This will be the second event he has qualified for at the Tokyo Olympics.

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