Japanese powerhouse Kosuke Hagino proved to be one of Asia’s swimming superstars at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. At just 22 years of age, the Tokyo University swimmer nabbed Olympic gold in the men’s 400m IM, while also claiming silver in the 200m version of the same event.
With the new Olympic quadrennial beginning, where Hagino wants to be in prime from in front of his home crowd come the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the dynamic athlete has reportedly just undergone successful elbow surgery.
Per Asian news outlets, Hagino underwent endoscopic surgery to remove the extra bone on his right elbow, which was broken in June of 2015 while Hagino was at staging camp for the FINA World Championships. As a result of that injury last year, Hagino had to sit out the World Championships and refrained from competing until January of this year.
Hagino’s coach, Norimasa Hirai, has said his protegé will be out of the water for about a month, allowing Hagino to ‘fully and carefully’ recover before resuming hard training. Hagino will then be targeting next April’s Japanese Championship as his next major competition.
Below are Hagino’s tweets announcing his surgery, as well as his recovery. Roughly translated, Hagino writes that his elbow surgery was indeed ‘successful.’
— Kosuke Hagino (@haginokosuke) September 26, 2016
— Kosuke Hagino (@haginokosuke) September 30, 2016