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Swim star Kosuke Hagino believes he is ready to end years of American Olympic dominance as he bids to get Japan off to a golden start at the Rio Games this weekend.

Hagino will attempt to live up to the expectations of a nation when he begins his Olympic campaign in the men’s 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, potentially giving Japan its first gold medal of the 2016 Games in a race in which he is a hot favorite.

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