Natsumi Hoshi claimed a first swimming medal for Japan's women at the Rio Olympics with bronze in the 200-meter butterfly on Wednesday night.

Hoshi made a strong finish to clock a time of 2 minutes, 5.20 seconds at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, but it was not enough to catch gold medalist Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain (2:04.85) or runnerup Madeline Groves of Australia (2:04.88).

"I don't really feel any frustration, I'm just relieved to finish third," said Hoshi, the reigning world champion in the event.