Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, the men's 100 meters breaststroke gold winner, claimed the second title at the 28th Olympic Games by winning the 200m breaststroke event here on Wednesday.
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Kitajima, who finished a distant 17th at the Sydney Olympics four years ago, clocked two minutes 9.44 seconds for the gold.
This was the second time for the 22-year-old to strike a 100 and 200m breaststroke double, following his success in the world championships in Barcelona last year.
He also broke one of the longest Olympic swimming record of 2:10.16, set by American Mike Barrowman in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, only 15, surprised the field by taking the silver in 2:10.80.
Brendan Hansen of the United States, who broke Kitajima's world record in the U.S. trials on July 11, finished third in 2:10.87.
Olympic men's 200m breaststroke final results
Following are the men's 200m breaststroke final results at the Olympic Games here on Wednesday:
1. Kosuke Kitajima, Japan, 2:09.44
2. Daniel Gyurta, Hungary, 2:10.80
3. Brendan Hansen, United States, 2:10.87
4. Paolo Bossini, Italy, 2:11.20
5. Vladislav Polyakov, Kazakhstan, 2:11.76
6. Mike Brown, Canada, 2:11.94
7. Scott Usher, United States, 2:11.95
Jim Piper, Australia, DSQ