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Seto places fourth in 200 IM at World Cup meet

Kyodo

Daiya Seto missed out on a golden double as he finished fourth in the men’s 200-meter individual medley on the final day of a short-course World Cup swim meet on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Seto, who captured Japan’s only gold medal of the just-concluded world championships in the men’s 400-meter IM and won the same event here on Wednesday, had a time of 1 minute, 53.76 seconds.

Kenneth To led Australia to a 1-2 finish in 1:52.40. Daniel Tranter was second in 1:53.43 and Germany’s Markus Deibler was third in 1:53.70.

“It was really tough physically and I could not swim well at all,” said Seto. “I was fourth and so I’ll try and get revenge in the second leg (of the World Cup series in Berlin on Aug. 10 and 11).

Former two-time double Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima (57.83) was third in the men’s 100 breast behind Italian Fabio Scozzoli (56.49) and Hungarian Daniel Gyurta (57.10).

“I enjoyed the final and wanted my time to be a little better than it was in the heats,” said Kitajima. “I think it is a big deal that I came third.”

In other races, world bronze medalist Aya Terakawa won the women’s back in 56.34, Rie Kaneto was second in the women’s 200 breast in 2:18.66 and Ryosuke Irie was fourth in the men’s 200 back in 1:50.63.