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Japan’s Kaneto wins women’s 200 breast, Efimova takes silver

Swimming - Olympics: Day 5

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Rie Kaneto of Japan and Kierra Smith of Canada compete in the first Semifinal of the Women’s 200m Breaststroke on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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The women’s 200 meter breaststroke final was interesting in the fact that no American qualified for the final, something that hadn’t occurred in a final in these Olympic Games. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t some intrigue ahead of the race, with Russia’s Yulia Efimova being one of the eight finalists.

WATCH: Women’s 200 breaststroke medal ceremony

After taking silver in the 100 meter breaststroke Efimova had to settle for another silver in the 200 breast, as Japan’s Rie Kaneto got off to a better start and ultimately managed to hold off Efimova to take the gold medal. Kaneto, who finished in 2:20.30, beat Efimova by more than 1.6 seconds after the Russian appeared poised to catch her just after the final turn.

WATCH: Rie Kaneto is golden in women’s 200 breaststroke

China’s Shi Jinglin took the bronze with a time of 2:22.28, beating Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton by eight one hundredths of a second.

Lilly King finished 12th among semifinalists and Molly Hannis was 16th, thus not qualifying for the final.