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Defending champion Ryosuke Irie powered to victory in the men’s 200-meter backstroke at the Asian Games on Thursday, as compatriot Kosuke Hagino, a four-time gold medalist at this meet, won bronze.

Olympic medalist Irie, who won the 100 backstroke on Sunday, claimed the 200 title for the third Asian Games in a row, clocking a meet record time of 1 minute, 53.26 seconds at Munhak Park Tae Hwan Acquatics Center.

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