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Seto wins gold at short-course worlds

Kyodo

Japanese teen Daiya Seto rewrote his own record Thursday en route to winning the men’s 400-meter individual medley on the second day of the short-course FINA World Swimming Championships.

Eighteen-year-old Seto shaved 0.87 second off his previous mark to take the gold medal in 3 minutes, 59.15 seconds in the final, touching the wall ahead of Hungarians Laszlo Cseh and David Verraszto, who timed 4:00.50 and 4:02.87, respectively.

“This is a huge confidence boost for me,” said Seto, who missed out on a spot in the London Olympics. “I will try to aim for the gold medal at next year’s (long-course) world championships (in Barcelona).”

London Olympic bronze medalist Kosuke Hagino trailed in fourth in 4:04.13.

Akihiro Yamaguchi, who owns the long-course world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, could only manage a seventh-place finish in 58.26 in the men’s 100 breaststroke won by Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli, who touched in 57.10.

In the men’s 4×200, Japan’s team led by Yuki Kobori came sixth in 7:00.79. Ryan Lochte led the United States to the gold medal in 6:51.40, while Australia and Germany placed second and third, respectively, in 6:52.29 and 6:53.22.