Kosuke HaginoÂ will not compete at the 2019Â FINA World ChampionshipsÂ in Gwangju, South Korea.
The 4-time Olympic medallist pulled out of the Japanese nationals in April and now he’ll miss the Worlds in July, a year before theÂ Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
â€œKosuke Hagino will not be competing at the World Championships this year,â€ Haginoâ€™s management agency communicated in an email.
The posterboy of Japanese swimming just can’t seem to get back into the right mental space and physical shape to recover his world-beating form.
He pulled out of the April 2019 Japan nationals citing a ‘loss of motivation‘.
The man who beatÂ Michael PhelpsÂ at the 2014 Pan Pacs then won gold, silver and bronze medals atÂ Rio 2016Â is still only 24 years old.
But with Tokyo 2020 approaching fast, Hagino’s state of mind has become a national concern.
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