Kosuke Hagino Absent From Final World C’ships Qualifying Opportunity


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The 2019 Japan Open kicks off on Thursday of this week, where Japan’s best will vie for any open spots on the 2019 World Championships roster. 17 Japanese athletes have been slated for Gwangju thus far, but swimmers still have a shot of making the line up with their performances in Tokyo this week.

It’s not an outright surprise, but still notable that Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino is indeed missing from the Japan Open start lists. As he already opted out of the 1st qualification meet of the Japan Swim from April, Hagino now has no chance to make his nation’s roster and, therefore, will be absent from the 2019 World Championships.

As we reported, when Hagino announced his withdrawal from the Japan Swim, the 24-year-old Bridgestone swimmer stated, “I’ve been unable to achieve the results I had hoped for since the 2017 season.

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

Prior to that, Hagino announced he was staying home from the national team’s training camp scheduled for Spain, instead trying to reboot himself with rest.

Japan National Team Head Coach Norimasa Hirai told Japanese media, “In his current condition it would be really hard [for Hagino to perform well at the Japan Championships.]”

“He’s not in very good spirits. He needs to rest and when he decides to comes back, he needs to start swimming for himself.”

Hagino is the reigning 400m IM Olympic champion and holds his nation’s standards across the 200m and 400m freestyle events, as well as the 200m IM and 400m IM, but has since struggled to come within range of those performances from 2014 and 2016, respectively.

For the rest of the Japanese swimmers who are partaking in the final qualifying opportunity to add their names for Gwangju, the times below serving as the qualification minimums.



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1 year ago

Man…if him and Rikako are not in the Tokyo games it will be incredibly sad.

1 year ago


BTW I don’t think that pic is of Hagino.

Reply to  QUACK
1 year ago

It’s not hagino only wears Mizuno

Tea rex
1 year ago

He broke the 1996-2012 streak of American gold medals in the 400 IM. It’s actually pretty common to have a hangover from that kind of success. If he wants to continue swimming, taking a step back and refinding joy in the sport seems like the best strategy.

Reply to  Tea rex
1 year ago

This is easier said than done. This is why I guess they tend to say it’s harder to stay in top than to get there. What could be his motivation when he already achieved the maximum one can achieve.

Reply to  ITR
1 year ago

Ryan Murphy went through something similar after 2016 if i recall

Prison MIke
Reply to  Tupperware
1 year ago

It always depends. Laure Manaudou never really come back after 2007 for instance. I just wish Hagino well, both in swimming and his private life.

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