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Friday, 17th April 2009
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Kaneto sets new breaststroke record

Rie Kaneto of Japan has set a new national record for the breaststroke.

The swimmer saw off competition from Nanaka Tamura during the Japanese swimming championships yesterday (April 16th) and set a new fast time for the women's 200-metre breaststroke, reports AFP.

She managed a time of two minutes and 22.33 seconds, beating her rival's time of two minutes and 23.29 seconds.

Kaneto said she was very happy at having achieved the new national record.

"If you think about the London Olympics, this time is the bottom line," she commented, adding: "I'm glad that I cleared the bottom line."

Meanwhile, Takuro Fuji won the men's 100m freestyle with a time of 48.72 seconds, while Ryo Takayasu was victorious in the 50m butterfly.

This week saw a visit to Tokyo by the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission to assess the city's bid to host the tournament in 2016.

Written by Graham McPherson