Kosuke Hagino

Kosuke Hagino not satisfied with 7 medals at Asian Games

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Japan’s Kosuke Hagino rated his performance at the Asian Games as 50 to 60 on a scale of 100, not fully satisfied after winning four gold medals and seven medals overall at the competition.

“Four golds are the maximum I could get at these Games,” Hagino said Friday, according to Xinhua News Agency. “Having said that, there were many things that I wasn’t so satisfied with. If it’s a 100 scale, I would give myself 50 to 60 points.”

Hagino, 20, lamented finishing second behind China’s Olympic and World champion Sun Yang in the 400m freestyle and third behind countryman Ryosuke Irie in the 100m and 200m backstrokes. Irie is joint-fastest in the world this year in the 100m back and No. 1 alone in the 200m back.

“I have a lot to improve,” Hagino said, according to Xinhua.

If Hagino continues to speed up, he could be favored to win more individual-event medals than any other athlete at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

These are his event-by-event world ranking progressions from 2012 to 2014, via FINA and SwimVortex.com:

200m individual medley — 5-2-1
400m individual medley — 4-1-1
200m backstroke — 6-5-2
200m freestyle — 72-8-2
100m backstroke — NR-4-4
400m freestyle — 27-3-5

No swimmer has won six individual medals at a single Olympics. Michael Phelps won eight medals each at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, five coming in individual events both times.

Hagino made the finals of six events at the 2013 World Championships and won two silver medals.

However, he would appear unlikely to swim all six events at the Rio Olympics, because the 400m individual medley and the 400m freestyle finals are typically on the same night, the opening night, and within a half-hour of each other. They are not on the same night at the World Championships.

Phelps and Ryan Lochte have been known to swim two Olympic events in the same night, but never totaling 800 meters.

Even if Hagino swam five individual Olympic events rather than six, his chances of matching Phelps with eight medals at a single Games are very low because Japan does not excel in the three relays like the U.S. does.

Japan made the podium in the 4x100m medley relay at the last three Olympics but has not won a medal in the 4x200m free relay since 1964 and hasn’t won a medal period in the 4x100m free relay.

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Christian Coleman expects to be cleared in doping whereabouts case

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U.S. sprinter Christian Coleman, whose time of 9.81 seconds in the 100m is the fastest in the world this year, released a statement Saturday denying reports that he has missed three doping tests in 12 months, a “whereabouts” violation that could result in a two-year ban.

“I’m not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I’m never concerned about taking drug tests, at any time,” Coleman said. “What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true. I am confident the upcoming hearing on September 4th will clear the matter and I will compete at World Championships in Doha this fall. Sometime after the hearing, I will be free to answer questions about the matter, but for now I must reserve and respect the process.”

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency records show the agency has tested Coleman 11 times through Aug. 20. The agency requires elite athletes to give “whereabouts,” a few details on where they expect to be each day, so that they may take out-of-competition tests.

The 23-year-old sprinter would be the heavy favorite in the world championships, following up his silver medal between Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt in 2017, two months after he won the NCAA title. He is one of only eight athletes to break the 9.8-second mark in the 100m, and he posted the world’s best time in 2017 and 2018.

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Since a loss to Noah Lyles in Shanghai in May, a race in which both Americans posted a time of 9.86, Coleman has won all three events he has entered — the Bislett Games in June, the Prefontaine Classic later in June, and the USATF Championships in July.

He withdrew from last week’s Diamond League meet in Birmingham.

The world championships start Sept. 27 in Doha.

U.S. men’s basketball roster named for FIBA World Cup, includes one Olympian

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Kemba Walker and one player with Olympic experience, Harrison Barnes, headline the U.S. roster for next month’s FIBA World Cup, where the U.S. is still expected to clinch its Tokyo Olympic spot despite an absence of the NBA’s best players and Saturday’s exhibition loss to Australia.

An injured Kyle Kuzma was dropped from the 13 finalists who gathered in Australia for pre-tournament exhibitions. Walker and Khris Middleton are the only two players on the team who were All-Stars last season. The full roster:

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
Derrick White, San Antonio Spurs

The U.S. group play schedule:

Sept. 1 vs. Czech Republic
Sept. 3 vs. Turkey
Sept. 5 vs. Japan

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will make his U.S. head coaching tournament debut at the World Cup, succeeding Mike Krzyzewski, who led the Americans to Olympic titles in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Many notables dropped out before or during this month’s training camp and practices: including Olympians Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kevin Love and Kyle Lowry. Other 2020 Olympic hopefuls such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry withdrew before the camp roster was named.

It has become custom for the World Cup team to include few Olympians. The 2014 roster included two players from the London Olympics (Davis, Harden). The 2010 World Cup team had zero Beijing Olympians.

Saturday’s loss to Australia marked the U.S.’ first defeat with NBA players since the 2006 World Championship, snapping a 78-game win streak.

The U.S. will qualify for the Tokyo Games if it is one of the top two teams from the Americas at the World Cup. There is also a last-chance qualifying tournament next year.

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