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World record holder Kosuke Kitajima cruised to his third straight title in the men’s 200 meters breaststroke at the swimming National Championships Friday.

Kitajima clocked a time of 2 minutes, 10.59 seconds to finish atop the podium in the final at Tokyo’s Tatsumi International Swimming Center but failed in his bid to rewrite his own record of 2:09.97.

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