Michael Phelps was the worldâ€™s greatest swimmer for much of this century. Ryan Lochte, too, has held that crown. There is little doubt that the title now belongs to Japanâ€™s Kosuke Hagino.
And Hagino, who just turned 20 and is short of 6 feet, has his sights set pretty high.
â€œMichael Phelps is my role model, and Iâ€™m trying to become like him,â€ Hagino told Agence France-Presse after winning the 200m freestyle at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Sunday. â€œI want to catch up with Phelps someday. But I have to put up the results, and this is a big step. First I will try to win as many medals as I can at these Games.â€
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