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Schoolboy sets 200-m breaststroke world record

/ 05:36 PM September 15, 2012

TOKYO — Japan’s precocious 18-year-old c set a new world record in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday at the national games.

The high-school student clocked two minutes 07.01 seconds, breaking the previous world mark of 2:07.28 set by Daniel Gyurta of Hungary on August 1 at the London Olympics.

“To tell the truth, I targeted to clock 2:06:00s,” Yamaguchi said after his record-breaking swim in Gifu, central Japan, adding that he was eager to show off his talent on the world stage.

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“I’m really looking forward to the world championships next year. I want to be a swimmer who can succeed [Kosuke] Kitajima, whom I admire a lot,” he added.

Yamaguchi failed to qualify for the Olympic 100m and 200m races after he finished third over both distances in the national championships, which were won by two-time double Olympic gold medallist Kitajima.

However, Kitajima, 29, did not win a medal in the 100m and 200m breaststroke in London.

Yamaguchi came close to Gyurta’s 200m world mark when he swam 2:07.84 at a national high-school meet on August 17.

“Since I started working under the wing of coach Norimasa Hirai, I became stronger mentally and my body became bigger. I think I can compete against the world in the 200 meters. I also want to compete in the 100 metres,” he said.

TAGS: 200-meter breaststroke, Akihiro Yamaguchi, Japan, Record, Sports, Swimming
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