• Kyodo


Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima rewrote his national record for the second time in as many days but had to settle for bronze in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships on Wednesday.

While Olympic champion Kitajima picked up his second medal of the week after winning silver in the 100-meter breaststroke Monday, Chukyo University student Takeshi Matsuda earned the silver in the men’s 200-meter butterfly.

Kitajima shaved 0.11 second off his record set in the semifinals in the non-Olympic discipline and touched the wall in 27.78 seconds. Mark Warnecke of Germany won in 27.63 and Mark Gangloff of the United States took silver in 27.71.

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