Kosuke Hagino Triples: Fighter Punching Beyond Height & Weight Ready For Rio

Japan's Kosuke Hagino, by Aniko Kovacs
Japan's Kosuke Hagino, by Aniko Kovacs

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino leaves the pre-Olympic race trail ahead of Rio 2016 with more confidence in his kit bag after the French Open ended in Vichy with a triple triumph across the range of freestyle, medley and backstroke. Next stop: Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the 200m medley, well into the program in Brazil a month from now.

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aswimfan

I’m very impressed with Lee Clos’ 1:46.6 in an Italian meet two days ago. His freestyle looked very very good. Definitely in the play for a medal.

Craig Lord

Yes, No 19 on ranks but he’ll need to step up a bit from that, asf… going to take 1:44 for the podium

kevin roose

Aswimfan that is more ludicrous than Chalmers swimming the 50 ….to think that Lee Clos would beat Guy, Hagino , Dwyer and Mcevoy and Bierdermann for a medal in the 200 ??????

aswimfan

Kevin,
You are right. It’s ludicrous if LEE CLOS would beat any of those swimmers!

mark schwartz

Jazz Carlin seems to have been stuck at 4:05 for quite a while. A number of swimmers have leapfrogged over her. I am not too sanguine about her prospects in Rio

Craig Lord

I think if she arrives at the blocks in fine shape, you’ll be surprised, while the scenario you paint applies to quite a few swimmers heading to Rio, including a good sprinkling on the US Olympic team just chosen, Mark. Since she set her best, only 2 swimmers have ‘leap-frogged’ over her on the clock, Van Rouwendaal and Smith (over three years). Meanwhile, Jazz has 14 sub 4:05s to her name, including 8 sub-4:04.5s. Her 4:04.33 at GBR trials was established in very difficult circumstances in which she overcame. That was off a partial rest – and all other swims this year have been swum unrested. She has more speed to come if all goes well.

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