Ikee Continues Japanese Sprint Reign With New Record In 100 Free

2016 ASIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

While competing on the first day of the 2016 Asian Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Japan, host country swimmer Rikako Ikee wowed the crowd with yet another Japanese national record. Already owning her nation’s top marks ever in the women’s LCM 50m/100m freestyle and the 50m/100m butterfly, this thoroughbred sprinter lowered her own mark in the 100m freestyle, taking it to a new low of 53.68. That shaved just .01 of a second off of her own previous record of 53.69 set at the Japanese Olympic Trials in June of this year.

Remarkably, Ikee is just 16 years of age, but has already made a major impact on the sport within her home country. She originally set her national record in the 100m freestyle at 53.99 when she was still just 15. At the 2016 Olympic Games, Ikee wound up in 6th in the women’s 100m butterfly, while becoming the first Japanese woman to ever claim a time under 57 seconds in that event.

Most recently, Ikee scored a new World Junior Record time of 56.42 in the SCM 100m butterfly while competing at Tokyo stop of the FINA World Cup Series.

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About Loretta Race

Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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