• Kyodo


Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima cruised to his fifth straight victory in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke while Ai Shibata won her third title at the national swimming championships on Saturday.

Athens double gold medalist Kitajima, who suffered a shock defeat to finish in third in the 200 breaststroke two days earlier, touched the wall in 28.03 seconds to finish ahead of runnerup Takehiko Mizuta in 28.67 at Yokohama International Swimming Pool. Genki Imamura came third in 28.79.

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