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Swimming: Koseki takes 100-meter breaststroke bronze in Japan record time

Japan's Yasuhiro Koseki sets a new national record as he takes bronze in the men's 100-meter breaststroke at the short course world championships in Hangzhou on Dec. 12, 2018. (Kyodo)

HANGZHOU, China (Kyodo) -- Japan's Yasuhiro Koseki set a new national record Wednesday as he took bronze in the men's 100-meter breaststroke at the short course world championships in Hangzhou.

The 26-year-old Koseki touched in a time of 56.13 seconds, 0.03 second behind silver medalist Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus. South Africa's Cameron Van Der Burgh won gold with a time of 56.01.

The result marked a strong return to competition for Koseki, who opted to forgo surgery to treat pain in his left knee following this year's Asian Games in Indonesia, where he won a third straight 100 breaststroke crown.

Among other Japanese swimmers, Suzuka Hasegawa took bronze in the women's 200 butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 4.04 seconds.

She finished 2.44 seconds behind winner Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and 2.31 seconds back from silver medalist Kelsi Dahlia of the United States.

The Japanese women finished fourth in the 4x50 medley relay. The United States took gold ahead of China and the Netherlands.

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