Double Double For Kitajima: All-time Breaststroke King
Craig Lord
Japanese world record holder sets Olympic record of 2:07.64; Rickard silver on lucky 2:08.88; bronze to Duboscq ion 2:08.94; Brown locked out by 0.09sec

Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) confirmed himself as the greatest breaststroke swimmer in history when he retained the 200m crown here at the Water Cube in an Olympic record of 2:07.64. On 29.04 at the first turn, Kitajima was 0.14sec under world record pace at 100m, on 1:01.13 (faster than the 100m titles of Lundquist, Moorhouse and Diebel), was still 0.19sec under at 150m in 1:34.05 but fell a touch off his best pace on the way home to take gold 0.13sec shy of his own world record.

Silver went to Brenton RickarD (AUS) in the auspicious time of 2:08.88, with bronze the colour of the Games for Hugues Duboscq (FRA), third in the 100m and now third in the 200m, in 2:08.94. Mike Bronw (CAN) was locked out by 0.09sec, while Daniel Gyurta (HUN), silver at 15 in Athens, took fifth in 2:09.22, slower than his heats swim, which would have got him in the medals.

Kitajima is the only breaststroke swimmer ever to retain both crowns.