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Monday, 17th September 2012
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Japanese teenager sets 200-metre breaststroke world record

Promising young swimmer Akihiro Yamaguchi has made global headlines after setting a new world record in the men's 200-metre breaststroke.

The 18-year-old athlete set the time of two minutes, 7.01 seconds at the Japanese National Sports Festival in Gifu last Saturday (September 15th).

His time shaved 0.27 seconds off the record previously set by Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta, when he claimed the gold medal at the Olympics in London this summer.

Yamaguchi did not take part in the games after finishing behind four-time gold medallist Kosuke Kitajima at the Japanese Olympic team qualifying.

Kitajima went on to have a disappointing summer, failing to claim any individual medals at the event.

"I'm really looking forward to the world championships next year. I want to be a swimmer who can succeed Kitajima, whom I admire a lot," Yamaguchi told reporters after the race.

"I think I can compete against the world in the 200 metres."

Posted by Susan Ballion