GUANGZHOU, China (Kyodo) Ryosuke Irie led a Japanese 1-2 finish with Junya Koga in the men’s 100-meter backstroke final on Tuesday to win his second gold medal in as many days.

Irie touched the wall in 53.61 seconds, 0.27 ahead of Koga, the reigning world champion in the event, at Aoti Aquatic Centre.

“My time wasn’t good at all, but I’m glad I won the race,” Irie said. “My coach told me to make a charge in the last 25 meters and aim for a time of around 53.45. I was able to do that really well.”

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