Japan's Akihito Yamaguchi competes on his way to a new world record in the men's 200 meters breaststroke final at the national sports event in Gifu, central Japan, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Yamaguchi, 18, set the new world record of 2 minutes, 07.01 seconds in the event, according to local reports Saturday. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese teenager Akihiro Yamaguchi set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke Saturday.
The 18-year-old swimmer was timed in 2 minutes, 7.01 seconds at the national meet in Gifu. He shaved 0.27 seconds off the mark set by Hungary's Daniel Gyurta when he won the gold medal at the London Olympics.
Yamaguchi was left off the Japanese Olympic team after finishing behind four-time gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima in the national trials. Kitajima failed to win an individual medal in London.