Hagino was set to make some major waves at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, which just concluded yesterday; however, the mega-star suffered a mishap on July 2nd on the way to practice at his team’s training camp in Vichy France, which rendered Hagino with a broken elbow and out of the competition. At the time, the injury was estimated to take two months to heal, of which the 20-year old said in his press conference immediately following the accident, “I can only do my best to regain my health and I am resolved to win gold medals at next year’s Rio Olympic Games.”
As such, Hagino’s first move back to competition will be taking part in the Japanese Intercollegiate Championships set to take place in September. Prior to the world championships, Hagino, who is a student at Tokyo University, held the world’s number one time in both the 400m IM and 200m IM events headed into Kazan and was considered a big-time threat to take home both titles.
In the upcoming meet, however, Hagino is registered in the 100m and 200m backstroke events, possibly as a small stepping stone to test out his elbow’s condition along the road to rehabilitation. Hagino certainly made his mark internationally in these events in 2014, as he was bronze medalist in both backstroke races at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Hagino clocked swift times of 53.71 in the 100m back and 1:56.36 in the 200m back finals to nab the third place prize in each.