Daiya Seto Makes History with 400M Individual Medley Victory

Barcelona, 5 August 2013 - Japan's Daiya Seto earned a gold medal in the Men's 400m Individual Medley yesterday at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, scoring an historic victory as the first swimmer from Japan to win a gold medal in this FINA event.

Asked to comment on Tokyo 2020 as a newly crowned world champion, Seto said: "The excellent organisation and facilities in Barcelona allowed the athletes to focus 100% on the competition, which enabled me to deliver my best performance. 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 for me to earn a gold medal at such a wonderful stage."

Tokyo 2020 has designed 85% of its venues within an 8km radius of the Olympic and Paralympic Village in the heart of Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 CEO Masato Mizuno said: "We are ecstatic to celebrate Daiya's world championship as Japan's first-ever gold medal winner in the Men's 400m Individual Medley competition at FINA. 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."
Daiya Seto

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