Incheon: Japan's Kosuke Hagino took a step toward emulating his hero Michael Phelps with a double knockout of heavyweights Sun Yang and Park Tae-Hwan in the Asian Games 200 metres freestyle on Sunday. (Full Coverage | Medal Tally)
The 20-year-old, who beat American great Phelps in the 200m medley at last month's Pan Pacific championships, said his surprise freestyle gold could elevate him to the next level.
"I didn't think I could win tonight," Hagino told reporters. "Sun and Park are on a different level and it's an incredible feeling to beat them. It will give me so much more confidence when I race them again in international competitions."