Rie Kaneto outpaced world champion and compatriot Kanako Watanabe to win the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title on the final day of a World Cup meet in Tokyo on Thursday.
Kaneto touched the wall in 2 minutes, 23.01 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, while Watanabe had to settle for a runner-up finish in 2:23.43. Canadian Kierra Smith took third place in 2:24.51.
Junior high school student Rikako Ikee grabbed her second title of the meet with victory in the women’s 100 freestyle.
Ikee, who set a national record en route to victory in the women’s 100 butterfly final on Wednesday, completed a gold medal double with a time of 54.14 seconds.
Miki Uchida finished second in 54.24, while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu clocked 54.39 for third.
Elsewhere for Japan, Natsumi Hoshi won the women’s 200 butterfly in 2:08.13, but Ryosuke Irie (1:56) had to make do with second place behind Australia’s Mitchell Larkin (1:53.34) in the men’s 200 backstroke.
There was more disappointment for two-time former double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima and Yasuhiro Koseki as both failed to advance to the men’s 100 breaststroke final.
Both swimmers were eliminated in the 50 and 200 breaststroke heats the previous day.
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