Japanese National Record Holder, Kosuke Hagino, had been extremely quiet on the competition front since injuring his elbow just before last summer’s FINA World Championships.
But, the 21-year-old emerged last weekend at the 2016 Kosuke Kitajima Cup in Tokyo, putting the world on notice that his elbow is in great shape. First, Hagino cranked out an impressive 400 IM victory, clocking a time of 4:11.38, a mark which now sits atop this season’s world rankings.
Then the following day, Hagino blasted a time of 1:57.73 to take the 200 IM event, edging out teammates Daiya Seto and Hiromasa Fujimori. Hagino’s mark is now sits as the 3rd quickest in the world, with Seto touching in 1:57.95 and Fujimori in 1:58.46.
Both swims bode well for the Japanese weapon Hagino who demonstrated that he will most certainly be a threat come Rio, which now sits less than 200 days away.
Below, watch Hagino and Seto in action as they battle out the 200 IM on day 2 of the 2016 Kosuke Kitajima Cup. Seto is in lane 6 and Hagino is in lane 5, separated by just .22 of a second at the end.