Fresh from setting a new Japanese record in Berlin last weekend, Ryo Takayasu claimed victory in the men’s 50-meter butterfly final on the opening day of a short course World Cup meet in Moscow on Wednesday.

Takayasu, who set a national record of 50.84 seconds in the 100 butterfly final on Sunday, powered home in 23.44 to beat Ukraine’s Andriy Serdinov (23.66) and Russian Nikolay Skvortsov (23.73).

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