Japan targets 14 gold medals in Rio: JOC

Aug 2, 2016

Japan targets 14 gold medals in Rio: JOC

Top-ranking officials of the Japanese Olympic Committee delegation spoke on Monday about the country’s prospects for a strong performance at the upcoming Rio Olympics, expressing their hope for 14 gold medals as the team gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Japan is ...

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 ...