Watanabe grabs world gold in 200m breaststroke

Watanabe grabs world gold in 200m breaststroke
Kanako Watanabe waves to the crowd after winning the women’s 200-meter breaststroke at the FINA Swimming World Championships on Friday.
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KAZAN, Russia - Kanako Watanabe gave Japan its second gold medal in two days when the teenager won the women's 200-meter breaststroke at the FINA Swimming World Championships on Friday.

Watanabe won in 2 minutes 21.15 seconds, following Natsumi Hoshi's victory Thursday in women's 200 butterfly. That made Hoshi the first-ever Japanese woman to win a world title.

The 18-year-old Watanabe earned her second medal of the meet after earlier collecting silver in 200 individual medley.

With the gold in the 200 breaststroke, Watanabe earned a provisional spot on the national team for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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