Rie Kaneto Powers To First In 200 Breast Final

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Women’s 200 Breast FINAL:

The women’s 200 breaststroke held close together for much of the race, being highlighted by a close field of athletes. Australia’s Taylor Mckeown jumped to an early lead, splitting a 1:07.99 at the 100 to lead the field, but was unable to hold off a fast approaching Rie Kaneto of Japan.

Kaneto turned up the heat to charge ahead and claim a decisive win of 2:20.30, more than a second and a half ahead of the competition.

Swimming a much quicker first half than her prelims and semi-finals swims was Yulia Efimova of Russia. Efimova never lost touch with the competition, making her move at the 150 mark to gain ground on Kaneto and finish second with a 2:21.97.

China’s Shin Jinglin picked up third overall with a final time of 2:22.28, good for bronze.

Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton was fourth with a time of 2:22.34, just ahead of McKeown’s final 2:22.43.

Molly Renshaw of the Great Britain grabbed sixth overall with a 2:@2.72, while Canada’s Kierra Smith posted a time of 2:23.19 for seventh.

Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen, the current World Record holder, slipped to eighth and a final time of 2:23.74.

Full results from tonight available here.