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.