POSTED: August 6th 2013

Seto becomes first Japanese gold-medallist in FINA's 400-metre Individual Medley

Daiya Seto took the gold medal in the Men's 400m Individual Medley / Tokyo 2020
Daiya Seto took the gold medal in the Men's 400m Individual Medley / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Daiya Seto become the first Japanese swimmer to win a gold medal at a FINA event Sunday at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona by winning the Men’s 400-metre Individual Medley.

“The excellent organisation and facilities in Barcelona allowed the athletes to focus 100% on the competition, which enabled me to deliver my best performance,” Seto said. “I believe the same would be true of a 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo with its exceptionally compact Games layout for everyone’s convenience, which would provide a magnificent stage for all athletes. Competing in the 2020 Games is my ultimate goal, and it would be a dream come true for me to earn a gold medal at such a wonderful stage.”

The Tokyo 2020 Games Plan has 85% of its venues win eight kilometres from the Olympic and Paralympic Village.

“We are ecstatic to celebrate Daiya’s world championship as Japan’s first-ever gold medal winner in the Men’s 400-metre Individual Medley competition at FINA,” Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer Masato Mizuno said. “Swimming is a very popular sport in Japan, which makes this achievement all the more significant, particularly for our youth. Sport has the power to unite nations, especially when we’re talking about the pinnacle of global competition: the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will announce the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September.

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