GWANGJU, South Korea (Kyodo) -- Katsuhiro Matsumoto won silver in the men's 200-meter freestyle at swimming's world championships on Tuesday, setting a Japanese national record in the process.
Matsumoto clocked 1 minute, 45.22 seconds in the eight-man final, finishing 0.29 second behind China's Sun Yang.
The 22-year-old Matsumoto shaved 0.01 off the previous Japan mark set by Kosuke Hagino in September 2014 and claimed Japan's first podium finish in the event at either an Olympics or world championships.
"I'm satisfied with every single aspect of the race. My plan was just to swim my race right until the end," he said. "I'm glad I've kept believing in myself and my coach."
Russia's Martin Malyutin and Britain's Duncan Scott touched the wall in 1:45.63 for bronze.
Hagino, who won gold in the 400 individual medley at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, is not competing at the world championships.