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Japan’s Watanabe breaks OR in 200 breast semis, two Americans advance

Japan Swim 2016 - Day 5

TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 08: Ippei Watanabe competes in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke final during the Japan Swim 2016 at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Pool on April 8, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

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Another Olympic record fell at the pool Tuesday night, as Japan’s Ippei Watanabe finished his semifinal heat of the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:07.22 to lead the eight qualifiers for Wednesday night’s final. Watanabe’s time was five tenths of a second better than that of the next-best qualifier, as Great Britain’s Andrew Willis finished in 2:07.72.

Qualifying third was Josh Prenot of the United States with a time of 2:07.78, and he was one of two Americans to qualify for the final with Kevin Cordes being the other. Japan will also have two swimmers in the final, with Yasuhiro Koseki joining Watanabe.

Watanabe failed to qualify for the semifinal heats in the 100 meter breaststroke, an event ultimately won by Great Britain’s Adam Peaty in world record time.