World Championships, Day 5 preliminary tests: Daiya Seto leads 400 IM preliminary in search of sixth straight title
The men’s 400 individual medley is one of the signature races on day five of the Short Course World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. long course world champion Leon Marchand Not competing this week, but the headline swimmer is a man who has achieved phenomenal success in the short course 400 IM. of japan Daya Seto Is the five-time defending champion in the event, a streak going back to 2012, and will aim to become the first swimmer to win six consecutive world titles in one event, long course or short course.
Seto qualifies for final ahead of Long Course Worlds silver medalist carson foster While Italy headed into a tough field in the men’s 200 medley relay prelims.
Men’s 200 Medley Relay
Italy has become an unlikely force in the men’s relay over the past year. After a pair of gold medals at the Short Course World Championships in December 2021, Italy won the 400 medley relay at the Long Course World Championships this year, and already this week Italy has gold and a world record in the 400 free relay. Now, the Italians will go into the 200 medley relay final with the top qualifying time Lorenzo Mora, Simon Cerasuolo, thomas cecon And alessandro miresi Mark swam 1:32.31 in the morning.
of france Yohan Ndoe-Bruard, Antoine Viquerat, maxime grosset And Florent Manaudou They were just behind in 1:23.53 and third went to Germany. mark ulrich, Lucas Matzerath, marius kush And josha salko in 1:32.56. Japan was in fourth and fifth place respectively Ryosuke Irie, yuya hinomoto, Takeshi Kawamoto And kosuke matsui (1:32.65) and the United States’ hunter armstrong, nick fink, trenton julian And Kieran Smith (1:32.67).
Americans will definitely add ryan murphyAlready a gold medalist in 50 and 100, with his team in the final, possibly shine cases And Michael Andrew, The Netherlands, Australia and China also qualified for the final.
Men’s 400 IM
No swimmer has ever won six consecutive world titles in a single event in either the short course or the long course, but the 28-year-old Japanese swimmer Daya Seto Will be in line to do the same in the men’s 400 IM. Seto has won gold in the event in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021, and took first place in Saturday’s prelims in a time of 4:00.35, just over a second ahead of the American Went. carson foster (4:01.34).
Foster will certainly present a formidable challenge to Seto after winning silver in the 400 IM at the long course edition of the world championships, and he had the fastest split in the American men’s world-record-setting effort in the 800 free relay on Friday evening. . However, Seto won the gold medal in the 200 breaststroke on Friday just behind the world record, so he should have a big advantage on that leg.
South African matte setswho won gold in the 200 IM ahead of silver medalist Foster on the first day of competition, finishing third in 4:02.18, while Foster’s older brother Jake Foster Finished fourth in 4:02.64. Australia’s david schlichtof japan so ogataItalian alberto razetti and Slovakia richard the great Also qualified for the finals.