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Daiya
Seto
JapanJapan, JPN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 May 1994
Height
174 cm
Weight
75 kg
Family
Wife Yuka Mabuchi, daughter Yuwa
Residence
Japan
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Sports Science - Waseda University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age five.
Why this sport?
He took up both football and swimming as a child, but thought swimming was more interesting.
Club / Team
ANA [JPN] / JSS Moroyama [JPN] :
Name of coach
Takayuki Umehara [JSS, national], JPN; Norimasa Hirai [national], JPN

General Interest

Hobbies
Watching films, listening to music, driving. (Facebook page, 16 Sep 2018; Instagram profile, Sep 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (mbs.jp, 24 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Injuries
In September 2015 he underwent surgery on both of his heels. He returned to competition in January 2016. (mainichi.jp, 17 Jan 2016; nikkansports.com, 15 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Challenge." (Instagram profile, Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
He was presented with a Special Citation Award at the 2018 Japan Aquatics Awards. (swim.or.jp, 29 Jan 2019)

He received an Excellence Award at the 2016 and 2018 Japan Aquatics Awards. (tobiuojapan.org, 30 Jan 2017; swim.or.jp, 29 Jan 2019)

He received an Honorary Prize at the 2014 Saitama Prefecture Sports Awards in Japan. (sai-suiren.net, 16 Mar 2015)

In 2013 he received a Special Award at the 63rd Japan Sports Awards. (swim.or.jp, 18 Jan 2014)

He received an Excellence Award at the 2013 Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC] Awards. (jeb.co.jp, 08 Sep 2015)
Milestones
He became the first swimmer representing Japan to successfully defend his world long course title when he followed up his victory in the 400m individual medley at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, with a win in the same event at the 2015 edition of the tournament in Kazan, Russian Federation. (joc.or.jp, 10 Aug 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2015)
Famous relatives
His wife Yuka Mabuchi has competed in diving at international level. (nikkansports.com, 25 May 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold medals in the 200m and 400m individual medley at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (fina.org, 11 Dec 2018; saitama-np.co.jp, 24 Nov 2016; mbs.jp, 24 Aug 2018)
Other information
DENTAL BRACES
He began wearing a mouth guard for braces to straighten his teeth in 2018. The braces help him to use his strength more smoothly while swimming. "I usually felt pain in my neck when I started a race. Therefore I began wearing braces in order to prevent it." (number.bunshun.jp, 31 Mar 2019)