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 Japanese swimmer Hagino awarded MVP of Incheon Asiad

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Anna You
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2014-10-04
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Japanese swimmer Hagino named MVP of Incheon Asiad

 

- Takes home seven medals, four gold, swooping up new Asia records and Asian Games records

- 5th recipient of 'Samsung MVP Award’ since it became an official games program at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games

 

 

Japanese swimmer, 20-year-old Kosuke Hagino, was announced as the recipient of the Samsung MVP Award for the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014. Hagino took the Asian Games by storm, winning seven medals and clearly standing out as one of the competition's biggest stars. After tallying the votes of 1,600 accredited media at the games, the Samsung MVP Award Steering Committee announced that Hagino had received the most votes and today, the last day of the competition, named him this year’s MVP.

 

Hagino won medals in all seven events he competed in, winning gold medals in the men’s 200m freestyle, 200m and 400m individual medley, and the 800m freestyle relay events, in addition to one silver medal in the 400m freestyle event and two bronze medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke events. Hagino set the Asia record for the men’s 200m individual medley event, clocking in at 1:55:34, and also set an Asian Games record for the 400m individual medley event with a time of 4:07:75. His performance was that of an all-star athlete of the highest caliber, and it seems only fitting that he was named this year's Asian Games MVP.

 

Hagino said, “It was especially meaningful for me because I had a chance to compete with big-name stars such as Park Tae-Hwan and Sun Yang. I’m already happy with my performance, but more thrilled to receive my first-ever MVP award. I appreciate all the support, including his coach, family, staff and Incheon citizens that cheered for him. I will take the award as a message of encouragement from all the outstanding athletes who also tried their best during this year’s Asian Games.”

 

This is the third time a Japanese athlete has been presented with the MVP Award. In 1998, runner Koji Ito was named the first-ever Samsung MVP Award recipient, and in 2002 swimmer Kosuke Kitajima was named the games’ MVP. Prior to this year's games, the Samsung MVP Award had gone twice to a Japanese athlete, once to South Korean athlete, and once to an athlete from China.

 

Samsung MVP Award Steering Committee Chairman Kyung-Sang Kwon, Secretary General of the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) said, “The competition was extremely fierce this year, as all the athletes put out their best performance. I applaud and thank Hagino and all the athletes who have displayed their passion and inspired many with their performances throughout games.”

 

The MVP Award ceremony will be held on the evening of October 4 during the Closing Ceremonies. Hagino will receive the MVP trophy, Samsung Electronics’ 65-inch Curved UHD TV and US$50,000.

 

This year’s Asian Games marks the fifth consecutive year that Samsung has presented the Samsung MVP Award, which is presented to the single athlete who displays both passion and skill with distinguished athletic performance throughout the games. The first was at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.

 

The Samsung MVP Award Steering Committee, made up of members from the IAGOC, local and international media, and previous Asian Games medalists, oversees the process to ensure that the final MVP nominees include athletes from various sporting disciplines who display their passion and drive, and also hold consecutive games titles, multiple medals, and world records. Accredited media vote for their MVP over the course of three days and the Steering Committee has a final review before announcing the final MVP. This year, there were a total of eight MVP nominees, including Hagino.

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