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Japan’s Reiko Nakamura won the women’s 200-meter backstroke while Kosuke Kitajima had to settle for second behind Ed Moses in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke at a World Cup short-course competition in Berlin on Saturday.

In the two-day event held in a 25-meter pool and featuring over 400 swimmers from 40 nations, Nakamura hit the wall first in 2 minutes, 5.99 seconds to pick up Japan’s only gold medal of the day.

Compatriot Hanae Ito took third. In men’s action, Kitajima, who struck double breaststroke gold with world records in both the 100 and 200 at the worlds last July, let Moses steal the limelight in the 200 breaststroke after the American set a short-course world record of 2:02.92.

Kitajima’s time was 2:06.06. In the 50-meter breaststroke, Kitajima clocked 27.27 to shave his own national short-course record by 0.04 second but was only good enough for fourth place.

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