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Sep 16, 2014

Hagino surfaces as new leader of Japanese swim team

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Like his famous namesake Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino is hoping the Asian Games will be his springboard to bigger and better things.

The 20-year-old Hagino has surfaced as the new rising star of the Japanese team after climbing up the world rankings in the past two years.

Sep 16, 2014

Games–Hagino surfaces as new leader of Japanese swim team

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Like his famous namesake Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino is hoping the Asian Games will be his springboard to bigger and better things.

The 20-year-old Hagino has surfaced as the new rising star of the Japanese team after climbing up the world rankings in the past two years.

Sep 12, 2014

Park and Sun set to square off at Incheon pool

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – With a deep talent pool overflowing with Olympic and world champions, the swimming competition at the Asian Games is shaping up as the most intriguing event in Incheon.

With the added lure of a classic rivalry involving a home-town hero and a sneak preview of the next wave of stars poised to shine at the Rio Olympics, all the ingredients are there for a mouthwatering competition.

Sep 12, 2014

Sun still shining bright after troubled year

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Sun Yang has always been different from China’s other top swimmers, as much a maverick as a pioneer.

And not just because he is the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal. Or that he spent time in jail.

Sep 12, 2014

China’s swimmer Sun still shining bright after troubled year

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Sun Yang has always been different from China’s other top swimmers, as much a maverick as a pioneer.

And not just because he is the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal. Or that he spent time in jail.

Sep 12, 2014

Games-Swimming-Sun still shining bright after troubled year

Sept 12 (Reuters) – Sun Yang has always been different from China’s other top swimmers, as much a maverick as a pioneer.

And not just because he is the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal. Or that he spent time in jail.

Sep 9, 2014

Women sidelined as Saudi Arabia selects all-male team

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has failed to include a single female athlete in its 199-strong team for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, saying its women are not sufficiently competitive.

The Saudi stance sparked criticism from Human Rights Watch, which condemned its all-male line-up, saying the ultra-conservative state was shutting the door on female athletes, having previously shown signs of wanting to break down barriers.

Sep 8, 2014

Asian Games: Women sidelined as Saudi Arabia selects all-male team

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has failed to include a single female athlete in its 199-strong team for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, saying its women are not sufficiently competitive.

The Saudi stance sparked criticism from Human Rights Watch, which condemned its all-male line-up, saying the ultra-conservative state was shutting the door on female athletes, having previously shown signs of wanting to break down barriers.

Sep 8, 2014

Games-Women sidelined as Saudi Arabia selects all-male team

SINGAPORE, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has failed to include a single female athlete in its 199-strong team for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, saying its women are not sufficiently competitive.

The Saudi stance sparked criticism from Human Rights Watch, which condemned its all-male line-up, saying the ultra-conservative state was shutting the door on female athletes, having previously shown signs of wanting to break down barriers.

Sep 5, 2014

Sprint king Adrian unafraid of Phelps

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – As the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 meters freestyle, Nathan Adrian knows what it is like to hunt and be hunted in the water.

Two years ago, at the London Olympics, the American was chasing Australia’s world champion James Magnussen for the gold medal in swimming’s blue-riband event.

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