Bicycle fall takes swimmer Kosuke Hagino out of Worlds

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After flying back to Japan from a training camp in Vichy, France, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino confirmed that he will be unable to compete at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Hagino, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the 400 IM, fractured his right elbow after falling off his bicycle on the way to practice last Sunday. Kyodo News reported that at a press conference in Tokyo, he said, “I was cycling on a roadway, but it was congested and seemed dangerous so I decided to move on to a sidewalk. Then I couldn’t run on well, the bicycle slipped and fell over.”

“This wouldn’t have happened if I was acting more carefully. It is even more regrettable because my form had been getting better.”

Koji Ueno, a member of the Japan Swimming Federation board of directors, said, “We seriously reflect on our lax decision to allow use of bicycles for transport. We’ll do our utmost to back him up to perform at Rio de Janeiro next year.”

Twenty-year-old Hagino didn’t anticipate that his injury would impact his performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He said, “All I can do now is to recover with a strong motivation that I’ll win the gold in next year’s Olympics. There are many areas you can hone while you can’t swim.”

The world championships will take place in Kazan, Russia from July 24th to August 9th.

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