Rikako Ikee

Japanese swimmer

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Rikako Ikee
Personal information
National team Japan
Born (2000-07-04) 4 July 2000 (age 21)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight90 lb (41 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing  Japan
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
World Championships (SC) 0 0 3
Pan Pacific Championships 1 2 1
Asian Games 6 2 0
Asian Championships 4 3 0
World Junior Championships 5 2 4
Total 16 9 8
World Championships (SC)
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Windsor 50 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Windsor 100 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Windsor 4×50 m mixed medley
Pan Pacific Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Tokyo 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2018 Tokyo 200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Tokyo 4×100 m mixed medley
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Tokyo 4×100 m medley
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 50 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 4×100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 4×100 m medley
Silver medal – second place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 4×200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 4×100 m mixed medley
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Tokyo 50 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2016 Tokyo 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2016 Tokyo 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2016 Tokyo 4×100 m medley
Silver medal – second place 2016 Tokyo 100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2016 Tokyo 4×100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2016 Tokyo 4×200 m freestyle
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Singapore 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2015 Singapore 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2017 Indianapolis 50 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2017 Indianapolis 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2017 Indianapolis 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2015 Singapore 50 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2017 Indianapolis 100 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Singapore 4×100 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Indianapolis 4×100 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Indianapolis 4×200 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Indianapolis 4×100 m medley

Rikako Ikee (池江璃花子, Ikee Rikako, /ˈrkək ɪˈk/, Japanese: [ikee ɾiꜜkako]; born 4 July 2000) is a Japanese competitive swimmer. She is the national record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly, and the junior world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly long-course events,[2] and the 50- and 100-meter butterfly, and 100-meter individual medley in short course.

At the 2018 Asian Games, Ikee won six gold and two silver medals, also becoming the first female athlete to win the Most Valuable Player award at the Asian Games.[3]

2015

Ikee won the gold medals in the 50 and 100 meter butterfly events at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore, breaking the Championships record in each.[4][5][6] She also won the silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle and finished 4th in the 100 meter freestyle.

Ikee swam at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships.[7] She finished 19th in the 50 meter butterfly and missed qualification for the semifinals by 0.17 s. In the 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay Ikee and her teammates reached the final where they finished in 7th place.

At the 2015 World Cup leg in Tokyo, Ikee broke the senior Japanese record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 57.56, and the junior world record in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.17 (both long course).[8][9] She won the gold medal in both events, as well as in the 100-meter freestyle.

2016

At the Kitajima Cup in Tokyo in January 2016, Ikee broke the national record in the 100-meter freestyle, swimming 53.99.[10] This record was broken in April by Miki Uchida. In February, she broke the national record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.74 at the Konami Open held at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. This also broke the world junior record.[11]

2016 Summer Olympics

At the Olympic trials in Tokyo in April, Ikee slightly improved her national record in the 100 m butterfly to 57.55.[12] Ikee qualified to swim in four individual events (50 m freestyle, 100 m freestyle, 200 m freestyle, and 100 m butterfly) and three relay events (4 × 100 m freestyle relay, 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, and 4 × 100 m medley relay) at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[13]

In the heats of the 100 m butterfly, she broke her national record with a time of 57.27.[14] In the semifinals she further improved this to 57.05, and in the final again, finishing 6th in 56.86. She finished 21st in the 200 m freestyle.

2018

2018 Asian Games

At the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, Ikee became the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single Asian Games. She also won two silvers.[15] After returning to Japan, Ikee learned that she had won the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament, the first for a female athlete at the Games. She then returned to Indonesia to collect the trophy and prize money.[3]

2019

Leukemia

Ikee felt ill during a three-week training camp in Australia early February, and left early to return to Japan to be examined by medical staff. On 12 February, Ikee posted a message on Twitter, announcing that she has been diagnosed with leukemia.[16]

2021

Tokyo Olympics Qualifier

Two years after her Leukemia diagnosis, Ikee qualified for the 4x100 medley relay in the Tokyo Olympics by winning the 100-meter butterfly event in the Japanese Olympic trials with a time of 57.77 seconds.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Rikako Ikee Overview". Eurosport. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Race, Loretta (July 10, 2016). "Rikako Ikee scores new World Junior Record in women's 50 butterfly". SwimSwam. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Golden girl Rikako Ikee becomes first female MVP in Asian Games history". Reuters. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018 – via The Japan Times.
  4. ^ "Rikako Ikee Scares World Junior Record With Meet Mark in 50 Fly at 2015 FINA World Junior Championships". Swimming World Magazine. August 28, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rikako Ikee Breaks Championship Record In Women's 100 Butterfly". SwimSwam. August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "Rikako is first Asian to win a world juniors 50m gold". The New Paper. August 29, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "14-year-old swimmer Ikee qualifies for worlds". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. April 9, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Race, Loretta (October 28, 2015). "Rikako Ikee Cranks Out New 100m Fly Japanese National Record in Tokyo". SwimSwam. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Race, Loretta (October 29, 2015). "15-Yr-Old Rikako Ikee Blasts New World Junior Record In 50 Fly". SwimSwam. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  10. ^ Grace, Jeff (31 January 2016). "15 Year-Old Rikako Ikee Breaks Japanese Record in the 100 Freestyle". Swimswam. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Ikee, Shimizu break national records". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  12. ^ Lord, Craig (4 April 2016). "Kosuke Hagino Checks Into Olympic 400IM On 4:08; Rikako Ikee Flies To 57.5NR". Swimvortex. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  13. ^ "リオでもそのまま池江~っ!日本勢最多7種目出場へ". Nikkan Sports. June 27, 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  14. ^ Race, Loretta (August 6, 2016). "Rikako Ikee blasts new Japanese national record in women's 100 fly". Swimswam. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "Asian Games: Japan's Ikee wins record sixth swimming gold in Jakarta". Reuters. August 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Star Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee Star announces leukemia diagnosis". The Japan Times Online. Japan Times. 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  17. ^ "Two years ago, swimmer Rikako Ikee was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, she's qualified for the Tokyo Olympics". CBS News. 2021-04-05. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
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