Budding superstar Ikee set to melt hearts in Rio

Jul 25, 2016

Budding superstar Ikee set to melt hearts in Rio

Schoolgirl swimmer Rikako Ikee, who melted the hearts of a nation when she burst into tears after qualifying for the Olympics, is set to make a big splash in Rio. Having just turned 16, the butterfly and freestyle specialist will compete in seven events ...

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

Jul 6, 2016

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

The uncertainty around Russia’s Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month’s Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts. With Russia’s normally successful athletics competitors soon to ...

Jun 10, 2016

Hagino making big splash in Europe

Rio Olympic gold medal hopeful Kosuke Hagino collected his third title in two days on Europe’s Mare Nostrum tour with victory in the men’s 200 meters individual medley on Thursday. Hagino, winner of the 400 IM and 200 backstroke on Wednesday, clocked 1 minute, ...

Hagino nabs two titles in Mare Nostrum meet

Jun 9, 2016

Hagino nabs two titles in Mare Nostrum meet

Kosuke Hagino won the men’s 400-meter individual medley and 200 backstroke on Wednesday in the second of three meets in Europe’s Mare Nostrum tour. Hagino logged 4 minutes, 9.52 seconds in the 400 IM, his best event. Hoping to swim 4:10 or better, he ...

Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

Apr 15, 2016

Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

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Japan’s Olympic poster boy Kosuke Hagino insists he can handle the pressure of the nation’s expectations as he bids for swimming glory at this summer’s Rio Games. “The most important thing about the Olympics is to enjoy the atmosphere,” Hagino told reporters at the ...

Hagino qualifies for Rio Olympics in two more events

Apr 6, 2016

Hagino qualifies for Rio Olympics in two more events

Kosuke Hagino qualified for the Rio Olympics in two more events after winning the men’s 200-meter freestyle at the national championships on Wednesday. The nationals double as qualifying for the Olympics. Hagino, who is already bound for Rio de Janeiro in the 400 individual ...

Kitajima closes in on Olympic berth; Hagino punches ticket

Apr 4, 2016

Kitajima closes in on Olympic berth; Hagino punches ticket

Kosuke Kitajima turned back the clock at the national swimming championships on Monday with a devastating display of power to close in on a fifth successive Olympic appearance. The 33-year-old, who captured double gold in the men’s 100 and 200 meters breaststroke at the ...

Swimmer Hagino to miss world championships

Jul 3, 2015

Swimmer Hagino to miss world championships

Kosuke Hagino said on Friday he will not compete at the upcoming FINA World Swimming Championships after breaking his right elbow during training. Hagino suffered the injury when he fell off a bike at the national team’s training camp in France. He returned to ...

Jul 2, 2015

Hagino could miss worlds due to elbow injury

Kosuke Hagino will likely not compete in the upcoming 16th FINA World Championships after suffering an injury at the national team’s training camp in France, the Japan Swimming Federation announced on Thursday. According to the JASF, Hagino left France on Thursday to return to ...

Hagino dominates in men's 1,500-meter freestyle

May 22, 2015

Hagino dominates in men's 1,500-meter freestyle

Kosuke Hagino cruised to victory in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle race on the opening day of the Japan Open on Friday. Hagino came home in a time of 15 minutes, 5.35 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of ...