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Japanese schoolboy sets 200m breaststroke world record

Published on Sep 15, 2012 5:29 PM
Japan's high-school student Akihiro Yamaguchi celebrates after winning the men's 200m breaststroke in a new world record time at the national games in Gifu on Sept 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's precocious 18-year-old Akihiro Yamaguchi set a new world record in the men's 200m 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.

"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.

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