Kitajima Fails to Three-peat in 200m Breaststroke

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LONDON — Two-time defending champion Kosuke Kitajima of Japan finished fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the London Olympics, ending his bid to become the first man to win the same swimming event at three consecutive Olympics.

Kitajima had won the event in 2004 and four years later at Beijing.

Daniel Gyurta of Hungary set a world record to win the 200-meter breaststroke at the London Olympics on Wednesday.

Gyurta clocked 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds, shaving 0.03 off the previous mark set by Christian Sprenger of Australia at the 2009 world championships in a now-banned bodysuit.

Michael Jamieson of Britain touched in 2:07.43 to take the silver medal. Swimming in the outside lane, Ryo Tateishi of Japan finished in 2:08.29 for bronze. The medal was redemption for Tateishi, 23, who failed to qualify in the Beijing Olympics by just 0.16th of a second.

Teammate Natsumi Hoshi claimed the bronze in the women’s 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.48. Jiao Liuyang of China set an Olympic record to win the women’s 200 butterfly in 2:04.06. Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain took silver in 2:05.25.

Nishikori Advances to Quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori of Japan started his match in sunshine on Court 14 and finished after dark under Wimbledon’s Centre Court roof.

Now he’s into the quarterfinals at the Olympics.

Nishikori’s match was moved under the lights so it could be finished Wednesday, and he beat No. 4-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

Darkness forced officials to move the match with Ferrer about to serve at 4-5 in the final set. Play resumed before about 2,500 spectators in the 15,000-seat Centre Court, and the No. 15-seeded Nishikori needed only five points to close out the victory.

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