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Japan’s Takashi Yamamoto celebrated his 25th birthday by storming to the silver medal in the men’s 200-meter butterfly final at the World Swimming Championships on Wednesday.

Yamamoto clocked a new Japanese record of 1 minute, 55.52 seconds as he finished just behind American Michael Phelps, who grabbed the gold in 1.54.35. Thomas Malchow, also of the United States, was third in 1:55.66.

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