Japan's Kitajima wins men's 200m breaststroke for 2nd gold

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.

Photo:Athens champion album: Japanese Kitajima, men's 200m breaststroke
Athens champion album: Japanese Kitajima, men's 200m breaststroke
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

Source: Xinhua



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