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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).

Elsewhere for Japan, Takeshi Matsuda prevailed in the men’s 200 butterfly in 1:54.14, while Hanae Ito won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:06.65.

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