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 ...

Hagino earns fourth title at nationals

Apr 12, 2015

Hagino earns fourth title at nationals

Kosuke Hagino won the men’s 400-meter individual medley to capture his fourth crown at the National Swimming Championships on Sunday. Hagino defended his title at Tatsumi International Swimming Center in a time of 4 minutes, 8.54 seconds, booking his spot for the FINA World ...

Watanabe breaks own national record in women's 200 IM

Apr 10, 2015

Watanabe breaks own national record in women's 200 IM

Kanako Watanabe rewrote her Japanese record in the women’s 200-meter individual medley on Friday, the fourth day of the National Swimming Championships. Winner of the 50 and 100 breaststroke titles here, Watanabe shaved 0.77 second off her previous mark to win the 200 medley ...

14-year-old swimmer Ikee qualifies for worlds

Apr 9, 2015

14-year-old swimmer Ikee qualifies for worlds

Rikako Ikee on Thursday became the first Japanese middle school student to qualify for the FINA World Aquatics Championships since 2001. By finishing third in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 58.77 seconds on the third day of the National Swimming Championships — ...

Hagino claims third straight 400-meter freestyle title at nationals

Apr 7, 2015

Hagino claims third straight 400-meter freestyle title at nationals

Swimmer Kosuke Hagino booked his berth in this summer’s FINA World Aquatics Championships after winning his third consecutive men’s 400-meter freestyle title at the national championships in Tokyo on Tuesday. Hagino clocked a time of 3 minutes, 45.19 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming ...