Kanako Watanabe Wins Women’s 200 Breaststroke at 2015 FINA World Championships

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Japan’s Kanako Watanabe topped the competition in the women’s 200 breaststroke posting a final time of 2:21.15 for the gold. Watanabe was just shy of her 2015 best time of 2:20.90 which she posted at the Japanese National Championships.

Micah Lawrence of the USA held onto second despite a quick final 50 meters from Jessica Vall. Lawrence turned in a time of 2:22.44 for the silver, adding slightly to her time of 2:22.04 from earlier in the meet.

Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen tied Vall for third in the event with both posting a time of 2:22.76. For Vall, this is an improvement upon her time of 2:22.90 from earlier in the meet. Pedersen added 1.18 seconds to her 2015 best of 2:21.58 from the Swedish Grand Prix. China’s Jinglin Shi completed the three-way tie also adding to her 2015 best of 2:22.08.

Japan’s Rie Kaneto took sixth with a time of 2:23.19, adding to her time of 2:21.90 from the Japanese National Championships.

Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (2:23.59) and Canada’s Kierra Smith (2:23.61) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Scheduled Events

  • Women’s 100 Free (Finals)
  • Men’s 200 Back (Finals)
  • Women’s 200 Back (Semis)
  • Men’s 50 Free (Semis)
  • Women’s 200 Breast (Finals)
  • Men’s 100 Fly (Semis)
  • Women’s 50 Fly (Semis)
  • Men’s 200 Breast (Finals)
  • Men’s 800 Free Relay (Finals)
  • Men’s 50 Free (Swim-Off)

2015 FINA World Championships Finals, Day 6 – Results

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