Kosuke Hagino

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Kosuke Hagino
Personal information
Nickname(s) Rising Son
Nationality Japan
Born (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 21)
Oyama, Japan
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (155 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, freestyle, medley

Kosuke Hagino (萩野公介 Hagino Kōsuke?, born 15 August 1994) is a Japanese swimmer who specializes in the individual medley and 200 freestyle.[2] He had the best time in the 400m individual medley heats at the 2012 Summer Olympics with a time of 4:10.01, an Asian record, and went on to win bronze in the final.

Hagino is currently attending Toyo University, and is coached by Norimasa Hirai. He is the one of the only two Asians to be voted World Swimmer of the Year.


Beginnings: 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Hagino made his big international breakthrough at the 2012 Olympics held in London. Hagino qualified first in the 400 m individual medley heats with a new Asian record of 4:10.01,[3] and would go on to win his first international medal with a bronze in the event and again lower his Asian record to a 4:08.94.[4]

Rise to recognition: 2013 World Championships[edit]

Coming into the Championships Hagino had qualified for a full slate of events including the 200 m freestyle, 400 m freestyle, 100 m backstroke, 200 m backstroke, 200 m individual medley and the 400 m individual medley. In his first event the 400 m freestyle Hagino was able to pick up his first World Championships medal with a silver and a new Japanese record of 3:44.82.[5]

He would be back in finals action on day 3 of the meet of where he competed in his first final of the night, the 200 m freestyle. Despite being in medal contention, Hagino was caught in a close race and was locked out of the medals in fifth place with a new personal best time of 1:45.94.[6] Nearly an hour later, and he came to swim the final of the 100 m backstroke and place seventh in 53.93, much slower than his Japanese nationals time of 53.10 which would have won him a silver medal.[7]

On day five, after qualifying for the final, Hagino won another silver medal in the 200 m individual medley. His time of 1:56.29 was about half a second off his Japanese nationals time of 1:55.74, but it was his second medal of the meet.[8] The following day he would lead off Japan for the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, and was able to take off a hundredth of a second off his 200 m free time from day three, swimming a 1:45.93.[9] He also placed fifth in the 200 m backstroke final that night, finishing in 1:55.42.

On the final night of competition, despite coming in as the favorite, Hagino was again only able to manage fifth place, finishing in 4:10.77. Although only winning two medals in his seven events, he was the only swimmer at the meet to swim six individual events.

Breakthrough: 2014 Pan Pacific Championships and 2014 Asian Games[edit]

2014 Pan Pacific Championships[edit]

On day one of the Pan Pacs in Gold Coast, Hagino swam in the 200m freestyle. Hagino swam fastest in the heats, with 1:46.60, besting second place Conor Dwyer by five hundredths of a second. He later shaved almost half a second off his heats timing in the 'A' final, bringing it down to 1:46.08, a tenth of a second behind Thomas Fraser-Holmes.[10] Hagino would earn a silver, his first medal of the meet.

On day two, Hagino swam in the 400m individual medley in his first event of the day. Hagino again swam fastest in the heats with 4:11.48, around three tenths of a second faster than second place and long-time rival, fellow Japanese Daiya Seto. Hagino would again swim fastest in the 'A' final with 4:08.31 for his first gold and second medal of the meet.[11] Hagino later swam in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay as the lead, clocking 1:46.13, touching first for Japan in the first leg. Japan would then finish second to the U.S. with 7:05.30, settling for silver.[12]

On day three, Hagino swam in the 400m freestyle. Hagino swam with a time of 3:48.92 in the heats, at fourth place. He then swam 3:44.56 in the 'A' final, finishing more than a second behind winner Park Tae-hwan.[13] He earned his third silver and fourth medal of the meet. Hagino then swam in the 200m backstroke, where he qualified fifth with 1:56.94. He finished last in the 'A' final, where he surprisingly swam almost three seconds slower than his heats timing.[14] It would be Hagino's only medal-less event.

On day four and Hagino's final event, he swam in the 200m individual medley that featured a competitive field including teammate Seto and American legends Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary. Hagino swam fastest in the heats with a 1:57.61, besting second place Seto by more than a half a second. He again swam fastest in the 'A' final, swimming 1:56.62, narrowly out-touching Phelps by two hundredths of a second.[15] He earned his second gold of the meet.

Hagino earned medals in five of his six events. He won two gold and three silver medals.

2014 Asian Games[edit]

On day one of swimming at the Asiad in Incheon, Hagino swam in the 200m freestyle that featured Asia's best with Asian Record holder Sun Yang and Games Record holder Park Tae-hwan. He clocked 1:48.99 for second place in the heats, nine hundredths of a second behind Sun. In the final, Hagino shaved off more than two seconds off his heats timing, swimming 1:45.23 for his first gold medal of the Games.[16] Hagino then swam in the 100m backstroke, clocking the third fastest time in the heats with 54.86. In the final, he swam almost a second faster for a bronze, and his second medal of the games.[17]

On day two, Hagino swam in the 200m individual medley, which he holds the Asian Record of 1:55.33. He surprisingly swam third in the heats, clocking 2:00.85. In the final, he missed his own Asian Record by one hundredth of a second, but set a new Games Record.[18] It was his second gold of the Games. Hagino later swam in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, which Japan held the Asian Record of 7:02.26. He swam a split of 1:44.97, the fastest split of any swimmer in the relay. Japan would then fail to beat their record, however set a new Games Record of 7:06.74 for the gold medal.[19]

On day three, Hagino swam in the 400m freestyle than again featured Asian Record holder Sun and Games Record holder Park. He qualified second with 3:52.24 in the heats, and brought his time down to 3:44.48, but again finished second to Sun.[20] He earned his first silver of the Games.

On day four, Hagino swam in the 400m individual medley, which he holds the Asian Record of 4:07.61. He finished second to prime rival Seto in the heats, swimming 4:18.77, around two seconds slower. Hagino then swam close to his personal best with 4:07.75 in the final, failing to beat his Asian Record but setting a new Games Record. It was his fourth gold medal.[21]

On day five and Hagino's final event, he swam in the 200m backstroke, and qualified fourth in the heats with 2:00.34. He managed to win bronze in the final, swimming 1:56.36.[22]

Hagino swam seven-for-seven, earning four golds, a silver and three bronze medals. He was announced as the Most Valuable Player (MVP).[23][24][25][26][27][28][29]

Hagino was also World Swimmer of the Year, and is the first and only Japanese to earn the award.[30][31][32]

Personal bests (long course)[33][edit]

As of 10 April, 2016.
Event Time Meet Venue Date Note(s)
100 m freestyle 48.75 Japan
200 m freestyle 1:45.23 Asian Games 2014 Incheon, South Korea September 21, 2014 NR
400 m freestyle 3:43.90 Japan Swim 2014 Tokyo, Japan April 12, 2014 NR
100 m backstroke 53.08 All Japan Intercollegiate Swimming Championships 2014 Kanagawa, Japan April 11, 2014
200 m backstroke 1:54.77 Japan Swim 2014 Tokyo, Japan January 25, 2014
200 m medley 1:55.07 Japan Swim 2016 Tokyo, Japan April 9, 2016 AS
400 m medley 4:07.61 Japan April 11, 2013 AS


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  9. ^ "Men's 4x200m Freestyle FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013". 
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  11. ^ "2014 Pan Pacs - 400m Individual Medley Mens Final". 
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  14. ^ "2014 Pan Pacs - 200m Backstroke Mens Final". 
  15. ^ "2014 Pan Pacs - 200m Individual Medley Mens Final". 
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  22. ^ "Men's 200m Backstroke Final | 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014". 
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Preceded by
China Sun Yang
World Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Adam Peaty
Preceded by
China Sun Yang
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Australia Mitch Larkin