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Day 5: 26-year-old Universiade athletics record shattered (3)
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08:20, August 14, 2007

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Double-champion Aya Terakawa, who won the 50m and 100m backstroke events, conquered again on the first start for Japan, leading by 0.52 seconds ahead of the U.S., on third, in the first 100 meters.

The U.S. never really threatened the leader, even on the butterfly turn when Japanese Yuka Kato, who just came off from the 50m finals about one hour ago, kept the lead for good.

"I''m surprised. I''d not expected to beat the U.S. team, as they also gave out the 100 per cent of them in the final," Japanese head coach Hiroaki Kaneko said.

Japan finished with a time of four minutes and 3.11 seconds, while the U.S. timed 4:03.96. Canada took the bronze by 4:04.52.

The victory put Japan on the second place on the medal table with four golds, eight silvers and one bronze. The U.S. is still leading by 8-7-6.

The U.S. added two gold medals as Patrick Mellors started the day with the victory of 4:12.94 in the men''s 400m medley while his teammate Adam Ritter added the men''s 200m freestyle victory to his 100m silver medal by 1:47.42.

Thailand nailed down two taekwondo gold medals with Mae-num Chirdkiatisak claiming the women''s 47kg and Chutchawal Khalaor the men''s 54kg to cheer up the local audiences.

Chinese world champion Tong Wen easily toppled down Turkish judoka Belkis Zehra Kaya with an Ippon in one minute and 52 seconds for the first judo title in the women''s over 78kg division.

Japanese judoka Takamasa Anai snatched the men''s 100kg while South Korean Kim Sung Bum grabbed the men''s over 100kg title.

Source: Xinhua
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