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Japanese swimmer Takeshi Matsuda won his second gold with a victory in the men’s 200-meter butterfly on the final day at the East Asian Games on Sunday.

Matsuda clocked 1 minute, 56.72 seconds to finish ahead of Wu Peng of China and South Korea’s Yu Jeong Nam, who timed 1:57.59 and 1:59.13, to take second and third, respectively, at the Macau Olympic Aquatic Center. Matsuda also won the men’s 800 freestyle.

“I was swimming well in the heats so I knew that I could go all out in the butterfly,” Matsuda said.

Ko Matsuhisa was among four Japanese to win karate gold after taking first in the men’s 75-kilogram weight class.

In other events, Japan lost to Taiwan 60-55 in the final of men’s basketball to take silver while the Japanese men’s soccer team, consisting of collegiate players, took bronze with a 4-1 victory over South Korea. Japan also blew out Taiwan 10-0 for a third-place finish in men’s hockey.

Elsewhere, Susumu Kobayashi took a bronze in the men’s 50-meter pistol. The next East Asian Games will be held in Hong Kong in 2009.

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