RACE VIDEO: Kanako Watanabe wins 200 Breaststroke World Championships scm

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2012 World Champ: 2:16.08 – Rikke Moller Pedersen – Denmark
2010 World Champ: 2:16.39 – Rebecca Soni – United States
Meet Record: 2:16.08 – Rikke Moeller Pedersen – Denmark – 2012
World Record: 2:14.57 – Rebecca Soni – United States – 2009

Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark had an aggressive start to the race leading at the 100 meter mark by over half a second. By the 150 meter mark Kanako Watanabe of Japan had narrowed that lead down to just over two tenths of a second and then took over the top position in the race going on to win the event in a time of 2:16.92.

Watanabe demolished her own personal best of 2:18.45 and just missed the Japanese record of 2:16.73 set by Rie Kaneto in 2009. Despite trailing by over a second and a half at the halfway point Kaneto passed Pedersen to grab the silver touching in a time of 2:17.43.
Pedersen took the bronze in a time of 2:17.83.

Canadian Kierra Smith finished fourth in a time of 2:18.30 followed by Jinglin Shi of China who finished in a time of 2:18.64.

Mariia Astashkina of Russia finished sixth in a time of 2:18.95 followed by Canadian Martha McCabe who posted a 2:19.17 and Vitalina Simonova who finished in a time of 2:19.65.

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6 years ago

May want to check the title of the article….

6 years ago

Why does the headline say RMP won if Watanbe won…

6 years ago

Mel, this article may be a little wrong…. Just saying!

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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