Japan swim king Hagino loses mojo, sparking Olympic fears


Olympic swim champion Kosuke Hagino said Friday he has pulled out of next month’s Japanese championships, blaming a lack of hunger and triggering concerns about his appetite for Tokyo 2020.

The 24-year-old was Japan’s best hope for a swimming gold medal next year alongside Olympic poster girl Rikako Ikee, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last month.

“I’ve been unable to achieve the results I had hoped for since the 2017 season,” Hagino said in a statement.

“As the gap between my targets and reality has widened, it has become harder for me to maintain my motivation.”

Read France 24


About Author

Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: