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Swimming: Matsumoto wins 200 freestyle silver with Japan record

Japan's Katsuhiro Matsumoto poses with his silver medal following the men's 200m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Britain's bronze medalist Duncan Scott, right, refuses to stand with gold medalist China's Sun Yang, second left, as silver winner Japan's Katsuhiro Matsumoto, left, and joint bronze medal winner Russia's Martin Malyutin pose on the podium following the men's 200m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Katsuhiro Matsumoto (back) wins silver in the men's 200-meter freestyle at swimming's world championships on July 23, 2019, setting a Japanese national record in the process. (Kyodo)

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.

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